I don’t like the thought of having to go through surgery. Never have.

I am grateful that I have been blessed with good health so the prospect of having to go through multiple surgeries haven’t been an issue. But there’s always that fear that I might get sick. Then there’s the anxiety of anticipation. (Just two colonoscopies. Not bad.)

As I’ve gotten older, that fear has eased as I’ve come to trust God in this, but my mind still races. And I seem to get equally anxious when a member of my family needs a procedure done. Even routine stuff, it doesn’t matter. Sitting in waiting rooms raise my anxiety level.

So today was surgery day. And I was on duty to drive a family member home post-op.

Here’s a few thoughts (and a prayer or two) from today’s time with God in the waiting room:


“Lord, give wisdom to the doctor as he works today.”

“Bring peace to ______ Lord. Take away any nervousness and grant him grace to trust you. Be his rock right now!”

I wonder why doctors and surgeries freak me out? Was I dropped on my head as an infant? I don’t handle this stuff well.

I’ve got to go to the bathroom.

I hope they have WiFi here?

Maybe if I write this blog, it’ll take mind off this. It’s in God’s hands anyway.

“Lord, what is it like to have real health challenges? So many people have had numerous surgeries and some of those never get healthy. Yet you care and comfort all who call upon you!”

It seems like he’s been in there a while. Hope everything’s ok.

Wonder what it’s like to be a surgeon? Do they ever have a ‘bad day’?

(Nurse comes in) Mr. Calcara, the procedure went well. _____’s in the recovery room now. The doctor would like to speak with you. Come this way.

(Back from the doctor debrief) Just one more hour and we’ll probably be able to head home. Whew!

“Thanks Lord that all went well. You are amazing!”


As you can imagine, this is just a fraction of the activity generated by my rapid firing “coconut” on this day, but you get the idea. Sure glad that God can be trusted to be our strength even when we’re weak.

Do I hear an Amen?

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

Something to think about.

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