Most surgeries require patients to undergo observation afterwards for a couple of hours to a couple of days depending on the intensity of the trauma induced upon the body. The patient is assigned physicians and nurses who are trained to monitor their vital signs around the clock—peeking in every once in a while to check on the patient’s stability, signs of fever, infection or any harmful abnormalities that may try to attack and jeopardize the patient’s body during recovery.
Commonly, after surgery most patients complain of soreness and experience extreme discomfort. Doctors, also have reported patients who have woke up from procedures in a confused state of mind not knowing what took place hours before.
Despite the many variations most doctors would agree that the key to a successful recovery is allowing the body to rest and be relieved from any possible stress during the process. Some doctors even suggest limiting visitations, food intake and movement so that the body can obtain the proper amount of energy to focus on the area that has been operated on. While the patient’s body lies in a state of vulnerability the doctor’s one concern is to care for and restore the health of the patient, but in order for the doctor’s one desire to be manifested the patient must also cooperate and obey the doctor’s orders carefully.
During the healing process all orders given to the patient by the physician are important and are vital to the patient’s safe and timely restoration of full health.
However, most often patients become impatient and the idea of being temporarily limited to their ability frightens many.
In our minds we think “Of course, it’s easy for the doctor to say get some rest, and take it easy”, he isn’t the one in an unfamiliar place. A place that your body is not used to. A place where you cannot identify or fix the situation, but you must rely on time and trust the knowledge of someone else to guide you through. Without even realizing it we work ourselves into an unnecessary panic because of the current lack of control we have over our future. Yet, despite of all our emotions the doctor still remains qualified, experienced and well equipped to handle our case.
Many times we get in a hurry “to be healed”, but we don’t want to undergo the process of the healing. To often we settle for the illusion, rather than the reality. We covet the numbness of life’s medications and coverage of bandages to make it from day to day, because we don’t want to experience the temporary discomfort of an exposed wound. Placing ourselves in a space where we are uncomfortable may give birth to a fear that too often has suffocated our ability to receive the proper care we need to be made whole and become more sufficient.
In Mark 8:22-25 some people brought Jesus a blind man and begged Him to touch him. When Jesus saw the man he took him and led him out of the village. The first time Jesus laid his hands on the man, He asked him could he see and the man replied “I see people, but they look like trees, walking. Then Jesus laid His hands on the man’s eyes again and the man opened his eyes, and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly.
What if the man who was blind for so many years settled for the healing he received the first time Jesus touched him because he became anxious to try out his blurred vision. His lack of faith to wait on the physician would have cost him his blessing. What if he jumped up, thanked the physician and tried to leave? He would have stumbled off, probably not making it far before he realized that he was prematurely discharged from the physician’s care. Even though Jesus could have healed this man the first time He touched him, I believe the message is so much more profound. First, we see Jesus, The physician lead the man away from his familiar to a place outside of what he knew. The physician limited his visitation rights and focused primarily on the man’s needs. Though the man’s eyesight being restored is an important aspect of this story, even more was his faith to wait for the physician to complete the treatment. What if the first time around the medicine applied doesn’t fully take? Will you let go of your hope and settle? Or will you take a stand and know that despite of the unfamiliar, the discomfort, the confusion, and the vulnerability— the physician on duty is well qualified, experienced and has never failed a case. Sometimes it’s not about trusting God for the healing, but trusting God during the process of the recovery.
“Be still and know that I am God…”
-Alexandria Leggette April 28, 2015