Something the Lord Made

I recently watched a movie called Something the Lord Made. It starred Mos Def playing the role of Vivien Thomas, a black carpenter who helped the famous Dr. Blalock of Johns Hopkins develop the surgery to correct Tetrology of Fallot. Vivien Thomas went just about his whole life without any official acknowledgement of his role in the process until finally, when racial tensions eased in the hospital he was given an honorary doctor and a painted protrait which hangs beside Dr. Blalock’s picture to this day. If Vivien Thomas could accomplish so much without a college education then how much more should I expect myself to accomplish? Overall, I was inspired by the story and would encourage any aspiring minority and non-minority doctors to see it if you haven’t already.

Viven Thomas helped to change the world through medicine, and while the movie didn’t delve too much into it, some of that change came at the cost of his family. And not just his…in the movie Dr. Blalock’s wife mentioned that their daughter wished she could be a patient so that she could see her daddy. I never want to her that from my wife or daughter, yet Dr. Blalock and Viven Thomas changed the world! There always seems to be the delicate balance. But the question I will be pondering for the day is: “Has there been anyone in history who has changed the world without sacrificing their family in the process?”

3 Responses to Something the Lord Made

  1. DAD says:

    Son, you know that I don’t usually do this but I recently looked at your bolg and decided that perhaps I should add my two cents. Don’t worry, I won’t embrass you with some of the things you did as a child. But I wanted to let you know how very thankful to God for a child like you. We are keenly aware of all of your accomplishments and are thankful to God for those accomplishments. We, however, are most thankful that you continue to dedicate you life to God and remain in his service. Mom and I have always known that you are special and will accomplish wonderful thinks if you kept your mind stayed on him. It does our hearts good to know that you have taken the challange of trusting God with all your heart and are not leaning on your own understanding. Remain faithful and all will be well. We love you and are proud of you. We look foward to seeing you and Brit and of course Callie. Love Dad. PS. I love the movie(Something the Lord Made).

  2. I totally agree with you about this movie. Another wonderful true story medical movie is ‘Gifted Hands’ the Ben Carson Story. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. It is a wonderful true story with great acting. I am sorry that Hollywood doesn’t promote these true life inspiring films.

    Congratulations on becoming an MD! My daughter is trying to accomplish the same thing. Do you have plans where you and your wife want to spend the rest of your life?

  3. Michele Powell says:

    I was truly blessed by this movie. I was in tears at the end of it. Praise God for using such a humble man to do this work for him. 1 Cor 1:27 “instead God choses things the world consider foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise and he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful” New Living Translation 2007. God gifted this man and used him in a mighty way for himself. Even if sinful man doesn’t recognize him God does.
    I saw Gifted Hands also. Such a great and powerful movie. The same scripture applies to this great man Dr. Ben Carson, I was overwelmed and blessed beyond measure when I had the opportunity to attend a banquet and meet Dr. Ben Carson where he spoke this year. He too is a blessed and humble man. Being mightly used by God.
    There probably are many, many people who fall in this catagory of not being recognized by man, however God’s word tells us not to place any hope in man because he will let you down. Our hope is to be in Jesus Christ only. Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” In His timing he will exault you. Be encouraged.

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