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Philip Yancey in his great book, "Where Is God When It Hurts" tells the story of NBA basketball player Bob Gross. He insisted on playing in a key game despite a badly injured ankle. Knowing that Gross was an important part of the game, the team doctor injected Marcaine, a strong painkiller into three different places of his foot. Gross started the game, but after a few minutes, as he was battling for a rebound, a loud snap! could be heard throughout the arena. Gross, oblivious to the break, ran up and down the court twice more, then crumpled to the floor. He felt no pain, and yet a bone had broken in his ankle. By overriding pain’s warning system with the anesthetic, the doctor had caused permanent damage and ended the basketball career of Bob Gross.


Brett Blair, www.eSermons.com, Sept 2001. Yancy quote from Where Is God When It Hurts p. 34.


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