Over the past 17-18 years, my wife has had over half a dozen surgeries or surgical procedures. Speaking from personal experience, these can be harrowing times. Today she’s having her Gall Bladder removed. Many of you may be thinking, “Well, that’s a routine surgery; what’s the big deal?” With Kris, my wife, surgery has never been anything but routine.
When we were in Seminary, Kris contracted Viral Meningitis. They had to do a Spinal Tap procedure on her in the emergency room to verify the diagnosis, then sent her home. The E. R. staff neglected to tell us that she needed to lie flat on her back to let the wound heal. This led to her having to have another Spinal Tap and then a procedure called a Blood Patch to let the wound heal properly.
Kris had been sick for about 6 weeks with the Gall Bladder and now we finally received a diagnosis. As of right now, she’s in the hospital, out of surgery (minus the G. B.) and sleeping in her room. They were able to do the surgery laparoscopically so that was a huge answer to prayer!
The thing that I’m learning through experiences like this is that many times the answers don’t come easily or quickly. I guess the Lord is teaching us the virtue of patience. I just wish there were easier ways!
Isaiah 40:28-31 says,
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
31 but those who trust in the LORD
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint
Here’s learning to trust in the Lord; I’m still learning.