This Isn’t Meant to Scare You

hip surgeryBefore my left hip replacement surgery Monday,
I’ve had to attend consultations and watch videos.
 In each one, great care is taken to warn me about all the risks involved. 
The warnings start with
“This isn’t meant to scare you …” 

Then they go on to scare me:

⊗   You could have a blood clot which could go to your heart or brain and kill you.
⊗   You could incur infection which could kill you or result in flesh-eating loss of limb.
⊗    You might not react right to your anesthesia and never wake up.
⊗    Yellowstone National Park might blow up during your surgery and wipe out Colorado.

So I feel duly warned and wouldn’t bother to sue anyone.  And the hip still hurts bad enough so I sign off.

Actually, what scared me most in all the pre-surgery meetings was that all the specialists kept mentioning my left knee, and I had to keep saying “Not my knee!  My left hip!”

I asked Mary to make sure that if I am already grogged out while they’re wheeling me in, she shouldn’t let them take me without making sure they have things straight.  Location!  Location!  Location—especially when it comes to this real estate!

Actually, rather than all the dire warnings, what convinces me to show up Monday is Dr. McFadden’s analysis that “If you don’t do something about this hip, in six months I wouldn’t be able to fix it.”

The Bible does a good job of telling us what we’re in for on our mission to become a member of the God Family

⊗    The way is narrow and little traveled.
⊗    If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you.
⊗    They will kill you thinking they are doing Me a service.
⊗    Deception will be so persuasive at the end “so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).

Jesus warns us to

“Count the cost” (Luke 14:28). 

I endured my hip pain for over a year, waiting until I went on Medicare so I could have payment for the surgery.

Jesus was scourged and crucified to pay the costs for me.  I am “bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).  The price was God’s life in my place.

Too risky?

kingdom come“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

And the hip?  It has been hurting more and more.  Everybody says “you’ll be so glad you had it done.”

Bottom line [sorry, you may be hoping the anesthesia doesn’t work!):

I hope you say with me:  You can scare me but you won’t scare me away.

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