Facing Surgery

Have you ever faced surgery? Were you calm or nervous?

I had back surgery a few years ago. I was looking forward to it to relieve my pain until two days before surgery. Then the devil got ahold of me. I started thinking of what could go wrong. What if the doctor does something wrong? Will I be able to still walk? Will my pain be worse? Will I still be able to play with our grandchildren?

Everything kept going through my mind. I wasn’t able to think of anything else. I called one of the pastor’s and talked with him. He prayed with me and said he’d check on me after the surgery. I still just couldn’t shake the nerves.

The next day I had to go to the hospital for pre-op check-in. While I was waiting for my turn my surgeon came out to talk with the family of surgery he had just completed. When he was done I asked if I could talk to him. He sat down with me and talked about the procedure and how he would care for me. He calmed my nerves some.

Once I was back out in my car I went over what he had told me about the surgery and prayed. Then I sat quietly and felt God’s peace come over me. I had finally stopped long enough to push the scary thoughts out of my mind and let God fill me up.

The surgery went well; the pain in my lower back was finally gone. In (Ps 34:4) we see how God is always with us.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

I have upper back and neck pain too. I am scheduled for surgery the end of this month to have a breast reduction. We are hoping this will relieve the rest of the problem.

Beside the pain, having large breasts are frustrating. They get in the way, tops don’t fit well, and for a dress to fit on top it’s usually too big around the hips.

I was talking with my cousin the other day and she asked if I was nervous or excited. I said “Yes.” I think it’s a little of both. I’m looking forward to the strain on my neck and back to go away, but I’m a little nervous about going through surgery. I have complete trust in my doctor. He’s one of the top in the field in this area and highly recommended. It’s the devil trying to worm his way in, trying to undermine my faith that God will take care of me.

I remember the story in Mt 6:25–34, this reminds me again to put my faith in God.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God is always there for us. He is waiting for us to reach out to Him. We have free will, it is up to us to make the choice to listen to Him.

Jann Martin

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