Healing the Tongue Takes Heart Surgery

[Today’s guest post is from Kathryn Sowinski, whose prayer for a patient on the table led to her own spiritual healing.]

“Don’t push it too fast…..it will kill him; but not too slowly either…..he needs the medicine, or he will die.”

I could hear the anxiety in her voice as she calmly but urgently explained what needed to be done. Typically, medicines in a situation like this would be steadily administered by an IV pump, but we were out of pumps, and this was a life or death situation.
I had just started the IV on the patient, and was handed the syringe. “Dear God, please don’t let this man die right now,” I fearfully and humbly prayed.

Image courtesy of British Columbia Institute of Technology (Creative Commons license)

I cautiously began pushing the syringe, keenly aware of every breath he was taking, every line coming across the heart monitor; constantly praying, and the Lord answered my prayers with His Holy Word.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21.)

Not exactly the answer I had anticipated.

I was witnessing the delicate balance of life and death; I was so intentional with every move I made, every glance, every push of the syringe, observing the direct impact of the medicine on this man’s heart rate and rhythm.

I was far more reckless with my words. I was known for quick wit and sarcasm which often had a caustic bite. Feeling somewhat rebuked, I immediately replied in prayer “Yes Lord, I hear You, I will speak more nicely…..please help this man! I can’t stand here all night with him; what if we run out of this medicine?” Anxiety began to creep in as I noticed that half of the syringe was gone. He again answered with His Word.

A good man produces good out of the storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. (Luke 6:45.)

“Cath lab is ready! Let’s go!” We rushed the man into the cath lab where they were able to fix the cause of his problem, his heart. Although the medicine was managing my patient’s symptoms, the cure was not the medicine, he needed a physician to fix his heart. Similarly, I need the Great Physician to fix my broken, sin stained heart.

Only He can give my heart the healing and repair it desperately needs.


Katherine Sowinski describes herself as a flawed follower of Jesus, aunt, sister, daughter, nurse, friend, encourager, dog person, and agent of grace in the war against shame as the Spirit leads. You can connect with Kathryn on Facebook (I do!) for more insights and interactions.


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15 Responses to Healing the Tongue Takes Heart Surgery

  1. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    This is a great story and important lesson. Thank you, Katherine.

  2. Anu Riley says:

    “I was far more reckless with my words. I was known for quick wit and sarcasm which often had a caustic bite.”

    This describes myself as well. Before and after I met the Lord. I would use humor to cover up my pain, try to “joke” my way through all sorts of situations, or try to be as witty and humorous as possible in order to make friends. I tended to be quite self deprecating so I wouldn’t seem as though I took myself too seriously. Words are weapons, and they could be used to hurt or heal others.(Proverbs 15:4) The choice often depended on the situation, of course, but no matter which one I made—I noticed an utter lack of sincerity in myself. It was more of a game than real life. And words are real tools, and to be used very carefully. But I was quite reckless and irresponsible with them.

    “but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3). I should have known this backwards and forwards. I was bullied for most of my life, yet even after meeting the Lord it took a good 8 years before I really got serious about my tongue. Meaning I realized that I couldn’t do it; it’s a work of Him and Him alone. I also finally understood the power and the evil of gossip, after enduring a trial that left my reputation in tatters. If I didn’t want to be the object of gossip, I was going to have to learn how to not participate in it anymore.

    I am begging and pleading for more pastors and preachers to teach on this verse: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” (James 1:26). That’s serious stuff.

    No one will ever be perfectly tamed in this area (James 3:2), but there’s no excuse to not give Him a chance to grow us in this all too important, all too neglected area of our walks with Him.

    • Laura Droege says:

      Ever since the intro to the post landed in my email inbox this morning, I’ve been meaning to hop over here and read this post, and I finally got here. I’m so glad I did. This is moving, Katherine. I felt the urgency of the situation; it really highlighted to me that urgency of taming our tongues (James doesn’t liken it to a fire for nothing!) and the necessity of relying on God for ultimate healing of our broken hearts. Sometimes I forget. Thank you for the reminder!

      • Laura Droege says:

        Okay, I meant that as a general comment, but it ended up as a reply to Anu. Tech malfunction on my part. But thank you, Anu, for sharing your story, too.

        • Kathryn Sowinski says:

          Thank you for sharing! I truly believe that too often our hurts and shame mask themselves as pride. May we all practice confession & repentance, and speak the truth in love to each other. Thank you Laura! His timing is perfect and it always humbles me when & how He reveals truth 🙂

  3. I’m sorry to interrupt, but could you please pray for me again?

  4. Also, if possible, could you ask people in your church to pray for me too?

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