In the last post we considered the preparation phase of surgery. Dealing with the fear of surgery may not be a separate phase per say, but it is definitely its own area of discovery. It is in fearful situations that believers will often be able to measure their degrees of trust and faith.
Fear is present where knowledge is absent.
In other words, it is the not knowing with surety that often causes us to have fear. In the surgery will the one conducting be properly equipped with instruments and aid? Will the surgeon be ready? Did she have enough rest so that their mind is sharp? These are just some of the preliminary areas of fear that I have heard some talk about.
The “real” areas of fear are much more personal. Will I feel anything? What will it be like afterwards? Will this work? Will I be the same? Will I be able to do all things I was able to do before?
The fear of loss causes people to stay in pain significantly longer. We will often do more to avoid pain even when the source of pain is causing loss. Loss of what? Loss of who we think we are…
Fear is present where understanding and wisdom are absent.
The surgeons as well as other doctors and nurses can offer comforting words but apart from faith they are just words. In like manner, yet with infinitely more reliability, the Scriptures offer promises to find “you” if we go through the procedure that will cause of to lose our “self”. These too are just words apart from active faith.
It is important to understand that finding you (or being on a search to find you) is suggestive that the “you” that you think you are is not the “you” that is intended for you [Col. 3:3]. Something must die for your surgery to be successful. The fear that causes us to hold on to something that is dying, or that is causing us to die, is the fear we have to find “you”.
“You” is the name God names us in Christ. It is the name that is declarative of the finished victory upon which we are awaiting. It is the name that is declarative of our status of righteous having been justified. It is not a description…it is not an attribute (a what) of who we are. It is the essence (the who) of our being. “You”.
Fear is present where faith is absent.
Many will neglect surgery because in their fear they decide that it is better to be who they are now than to see what they will become after the surgery. To desire to be the same person you are before and after surgery is oxymoronic…for by natural generic definition surgery is an intentional activity to cause change.
Fear should not cause to avoid the inevitable surgery we face. Something must die for your surgery to be successful. The fear that causes us to hold on to something that is dying, or that is causing us to die, is the fear we have to find “you”.