Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Second Surgery

This summer, I had two surgeries. I was scheduled for one, but after a few weeks of complications, doctors went back in for a second surgery to patch adhesions and fix issues that were not allowing my GI track to work. After the second surgery, my GI track worked again. I was on the road to recovery. I got well.

Sometimes life hands us issues that require a second, third or even fourth, time of healing and processing. To get past the initial shock or disappointment of a struggle, often we do whatever we need to heal and get well. We process it, talk it out, maybe learn a lesson or two, and move on.

But sometimes there's more to it that will come later, and we have to be ready for that. We must be ready to tackle "part two" when it comes to working through struggles life has presented us. Sometimes they're finished at "part one," but I've learned they rarely are. There's more to unpack, more to learn, and more to grow in.

Part of what they did this summer in my second surgery was fix problems created from an operation I had eight years ago. I didn't expect that, but was glad doctors went ahead and had the second surgery to fix the problems so I would finally heal.

Issues from years ago will try to sneak up on us, lies we've pushed down will pose as truths again. But we must anticipate this, and be ready to fight off the unhealth whenever it strikes. We must strive to truly heal and transform, no matter how many surgeries it takes. I believe that is the only way we will ever get well.