Tuesday at 1PM, I go “under the knife” for back surgery.
This makes me think of past times I’ve gone under the knife, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
My 20s were by all worldly, normal standards a wasteland of depression and failure. With the best of intentions, God broke my heart over and over again during those years. If you asked me would I ever choose to go through that again, my first answer would be an emphatic “NO!!!”. But if you asked me if I would choose comfort and pleasure over the character changes God did in my life through that dismal period, my answer would be an even stronger, but perhaps more softly spoken, “no”. God loves me, and I know it well.
“God works all things for good for those who believe” is not just a catchphrase in my life. I’ve lived it over and over again. And, whatever the outcome of next week’s surgery, good or bad, I will live it again. The prognosis is very good, the surgery is one of the easiest and most successful lumbar spine surgeries, and the surgeon has an excellent reputation. But as we all know, God ultimately controls all outcomes. All our skill, training, and expertise amounts to nothing if God isn’t in it or if He desires a different outcome.
I trust Him; He will do great things.