It has been my great honor and privilege to have trained with many giants in the field of dermatopathology. My encounters with them have formed an indelible part of my core knowledge and teaching style, which I have passed on to my own dermatology residents. One memorable interaction involved an unusual tumor on the nose of a man. The case had already stymied two other dermatopathologists and I was asked by one of my attending professors to show it to Dr. Smith, the dermatopathologist with whom I was doing a current elective at another medical center.
The next day, Dr. Smith and I peered at the slide, viewing it together at the multi-head teaching microscope. Throughout his brilliant career, Dr. Smith was the first to describe dozens of new diseases. If he did not know what it is, it did not exist or had not been previously described! I eagerly anticipated an erudite explanation of what this tumor was, confident that he had seen something like this in his past. Tense seconds passed as he carefully reviewed the slide. Switching back and forth between low and high power magnifications, the drama was building.
“Interesting. I have never seen anything like this before!”
His honest confession caught me off guard. After a few minutes, Dr. Smith offered a few obscure differential diagnoses but he was clearly unsatisfied. This was an entirely new disease, one that he had never viewed before. I thanked him and returned to my professors, disappointed that we could not resolve this diagnosis.
Several years passed and I reconnected with Dr. Smith at a national dermatopathology conference. Sitting in a lecture hall, listening to presentations of the latest breakthroughs in our specialty, we were treated to the presentation of a skin tumor, never before described. As the images of the distinct histopathology flashed on the screen, a distant memory jostled my neurons. I struggled to make the connection but Dr. Smith, as usual, was way ahead of me. He gently nudged me and whispered, “That’s your case!”
He was right!
Dr. Smith undoubtedly reviewed tens of thousands of cases since our shared case…but he never forgot my case! I was stupefied by his powers of recollection and flattered that he would even remember it was mine!
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)
My professor’s astounding ability to recall his cases reminded me of God’s infinitely greater attributes. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God created all of us. He intimately knows us, better than ourselves. Nothing is hidden from Him. He remembers everything we have ever thought or done or even will do. He knows my secret sins and my darkest sorrows.
And yet, God chooses to not remember my sins, to literally blot them from His memory. How can He do this? God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be my Redeemer and receive the punishment for my sins that I justly deserved. By confessing and repenting of my sins and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, Jesus grants me eternal life and salvation and He stands in my place, before God the Father.
This is Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.