“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” I Peter 5:7 (NLT)
I had a pre-op appointment this morning. I usually do not fret over appointments, as I know they are necessary.
However there are two things that I will become anxious about if I dwell on them. They are also the two things the enemy brings to mind with every appointment.
The first one is a common one. It begins with, “Step on the scale and let’s see what you weigh.” Those dreaded words. I always picture alarms going off and bells ringing and lights flashing like a game show host calling down a contestant. Let’s see how much this one weighs! I glance at my clothes and although I have planned on wearing the lightest clothes I have, I still wonder if anyone would notice if I was just in my underwear. But, I wouldn’t want to scar anyone. My sister dated a lightweight wrestler in high school. He confided that if you lean forward you could make weight for the match. I think of him each time I step on the scale. I don’t do that now as with my balance not always at 100% I figure I would lean forward and crack my head on the wall behind the scale.
The second thing I can stress about is when they slap that cuff around you and start pumping up, and it gets tighter and tighter on you. Again, in my head I imagine springs bursting off of the blood pressure machine, the cuff blowing up and people asking how I am still alive. Today the machine was not working correctly, so after four tries the fifth time it recorded it correctly, up to that point, it would just turn off. So, switching arms and waiting a minute it worked.
Other than those two things you can poke, prod and push me and I am okay. I know those two things the enemy of our souls uses to get me upset.
But, I have a secret weapon. The scripture above and a worship song that goes with this scripture, He is our Peace.
Whenever I have an issue or a problem or a situation where I know I could become off center, I start to sing this song and I know without a doubt, that my Peace will be there, breaking down walls and taking any and all of cares upon Him.