My wife Mary had surgery this morning. It was outpatient surgery on her broken nose. So, we rose early and went to the surgical center waiting room.
The room is appropriately named since that is exactly what we did. We waited… along with a bunch of parents with young kids. Needless to say the room was quite lively!
I met a little boy names Jimmy who was there to have tubes placed in his ears as well as work done on his adenoids. I was drawn to him due to his name (I was called “Jimmy” as a little boy) and his energy.
I entertained him for a little while we both waited by letting him play “Angry Birds” on my phone. He was knocking down various pigs right and left.
There is so much to do when a person goes in for surgeries these days. A great deal of the prep has to do with paperwork.
Then of course, the person has to fast from food and drink after midnight, has to be checked over from head to foot to make sure she is ready to have the procedure.
Then, she has to be “put under” anesthesia. Mary hadn’t ever had that happen before so she was a bit nervous about that part. All of this prep work takes a great deal of time.
In fact, we had to be at the office at 6:30 and the surgeon actually started working on her about 8:45 a.m. By 9:00 a.m., he was finished with the surgery and came out to the “waiting room” where I was… waiting.
Then, there was another hour of waiting for Mary to come out of the anesthesia so I could take her home where she slept a great deal of the day. And now, she has the added process of the healing which may take several weeks.
What’s my point? I think it is interesting how short the actual surgery was but how much preparation and recovery is involved. I think this is true of many things in life.
In fact, when it comes to our relationship with God, it really doesn’t take him long to deal with the source of issues.
He is ready as is noted in Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
God is quick. However, we are slow, slow to come to God and slower still to allow the full healing to take place.
What are we waiting for? I mean would we rather spend our time in the waiting room or getting our souls shaped my God? Our choice!