I am in surgery right now while you read this. It’s a scheduled post, just a little something on my mind for you.
A life like this… I think these are just a few intrinsic desires we all have within us.
The avoidance of pain.
No disappointment of a life gone wrong.
And maybe, just maybe, enough hope to get through.
Coming up on my second major surgery in a year, I have conflicting thoughts. I have strong opinions that go both ways. And, I have enough memories to scare me out of this. Look at the 17” scar on your abdomen spanning three directions. Close your eyes. Imagine a scalpel piercing through your flesh, slicing down your very own abdomen again. More inches. One layer – skin. Next comes tissue. Then there’s muscle. More tissue. Sooner or later that knife will peel back the very last layer of your body revealing beating, pink organs. They are keeping you alive, and this surgeon over your body literally holds your next breath, your next heartbeat in his hands.
1. But thankfully, we have the promise of Psalm 31.15a. Really, truly, our life in someone else’s hands. Praise God.
My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
2. To avoid pain, Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
3. Disappointment of a life gone wrong, Jeremiah 29:11
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
4. Hope to get through, Psalm 62.5
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your Hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
I hope this encourages you. Say a little prayer for me right now. 🙂