“Cast on. Cast off.” Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“The family of Levi…” Zechariah 12:13, THE MESSAGE

On September 20, 2019, a very beautiful day in Charlotte, North Carolina, my 6th grandson, Levi Zechariah Avalos, got his 6-week old cast off from his right leg. When he was born 3 and a half years ago, he had TAR Syndrome. Briefly, deformed hands and one leg having a 30% inward rotation. TAR also brings issues in the blood system. Weekly trips uptown for blood fusions was common for his mama Hannah those first many months, for almost a year, with checkups regularly following.

An Israeli-born doctor performed surgery on his wrists and hands in Florida over 2 years ago when he was just over one in age. Though he still would be missing his two elbow-to-wrist arm bones on each side, this 3-week surgical process gave Levi much better movement for both hand and wrist coordination. He could now pick up items with his fingers.

This recent bone work was done by an ortho surgeon here in Charlotte, North Carolina. I met her today when Levi’s Dad, Jonathan, and Hannah spoke with her in the doctor’s room where another medical person had just completed the removal of the red cast. (Levi likes red, so that is what color he had chosen in the beginning.)

Levi and his father Jonathan after cast removal Sept. 20, 2019
Photo by Steve Martin (Grandpa!)

Mission accomplished. Cast on. Cast off.

The Lord Jesus often spoke in parables to share a truth. People like stories. I like stories. It helps us picture the concept and meaning of that which is being conveyed, in a simple way, helping in our understanding. It doesn’t take a college degree to realize the magnificence of the Creator and His Only Begotten Son. Generally, that head knowledge can often get in the way. What it does takes is for one to have humility, forgoing the pride of man, to accept the things, especially the love, of God.

The supporting cast surrounding Levi’s leg gave the provision to hold the ligaments, and surgically broken bone, in place, for the Lord’s healing to come about through His actions. Miracles occur instantaneously (I have seen several) or the Lord will use trained physicians, surgeons, and medical teams to perform His acts in bringing much-needed healing in our life. In all ways, we acknowledge Him doing the actual healing. And it is always amazing to see the work He performs.

Those six weeks of healing took a lot out of the parents and surrounding family members, as we each did our part to bring strength to the young boy and provide stability during his healing process. As is the case in the spiritual, this natural message it brought to us was that of the need to have family and caring people, all participating in the growth of new growth.

It takes time. It takes patience. It takes the willingness to give of yourself so that another, or more, of all involved. It is there in order that this can come into that which the Lord wants us to experience. As we give out, we find ourselves getting back. To watch Levi come to the completion of this healing process was a joy worth seeing, all the way to the end.

No one is called to be alone. No one must suffer without the love of the Lord using others to walk alongside. If you find yourself in this situation, having no one, then ask the Lord to bring one to you. Or take a risk and go to them.

Ex 15:26

“…and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”  Exodus 15:26, NKJV

The cast was on. The cast came off. Healing to repair the damage, injury, or unknown situations, from birth or much of what comes after in life, does comes about. Being in family, which is one ultimate purpose in the heart of the Father God, enables us all in giving thanks to Him.

Now think on this and see what good things the Lord has in store for you and those around you.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin


Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #459 – in the year of our Lord 09.20.19 – “Cast On. Cast Off.” – Friday, 5:20 pm

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (43 years in October 2020!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 31 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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