After Two Decades Logger's Lingering On-The-Job Injury Completely Disappears
Gary Tetro has always loved logging. He says, “I enjoy being out in the woods because of the smell of the fresh wood and it's just an awesome feeling of God's work and creation out there.”
Gary also knows first hand that logging is one of the deadliest professions in America. In 1988, he almost lost his life when a tree he was cutting fell on top of him. “It smashed the helmet and it went flying, and I felt it crushing my ribcage. And I saw my life go by like a recording going off. I told God, ‘I don't want to die like this.’”
His wife Janet remembers the day she received the phone call from Gary’s logging partner. She says, “The way that he spoke on the phone, it was one of those things like your heart drops. Like, you know, ‘Is he alive?’”
Gary had internal bleeding, several cracked ribs and both his hips were broken. He also had torn his rotator cuff in his right arm. Janet says, “On my way there to the hospital I had been praying to God that he would be okay. “
The internal bleeding stopped and over the course of the next several months Gary recovered from two hip replacement surgeries and the cracked ribs. But the pain in his shoulder lingered. Doctors wanted to operate.
Gary recalls, “He says, ‘We can repair it, but it'll take a year to heal. If you start working again it's just going to get torn and it'll be twice as bad as it was before and there's no going back.’ So I elected not to have it repaired.”
Gary started working as a general contractor. He took several pain pills just to make it through the day. But when he was in bed at night the pain was at its worst. “You'd lay in a position and it'd wake you up just immediately, just sharp pains.”
Gary lived with his pain for the next 22 years. Then one day, while watching the 700 Club. Gary recalls, “Gordon said, ‘In an act of faith place your hand on that area of the body that needs healing.’ I told the Lord at that time, ‘I can't put my hand on all the parts that are hurting right now, Lord. Oh well, I'll put it on my shoulder, that's really bugging me.’ I felt like reverse raindrops pulling the pain out of my shoulder. I could feel it leaving. I screamed for joy. My arms went up in the air and I go, ‘I'm healed.’”
Janet remembers, “I asked, ‘what are you talking about? You're healed?’ And then he said, ‘God healed me.’ And it was just one of just overjoy that God had healed him.”
It’s been two years since Gary was healed and he’s now able to live his life without pain. “I could put my hand over my head and not feel that sharp pain that I had before. It felt like my arm and shoulder had gained 20 times over the strength that it had had before. I was able to sleep at night. My wife loved that. And I was thankful for that.”
Gary and Janet tell everyone to continue to trust God for healing no matter how long it takes.
Janet says, “Don't give up. Just be faithful and keep praying and God will answer prayer.”
Gary says, “Keep your trust in the Lord. Because the Lord will be there.”