Truth be told; I’ve never had any form of surgery or medical condition that required a hospital overnight stay. My dad has. He had two brand new knees put in about 6 years ago. This was major surgical work and has everything to do with your life.
Dad had two knees taken out of his body one spring morning, because the knees were doing him no good. They caused unbearable pain, they limited his mobility, and they were the cause of many cancelations on his schedule. So, the good surgeon carefully took them out and placed new ones in. They work fine today, and he can now live a normal life-pretty much pain free.
This is akin to the believer. We have stuff taken out of our lives. We may not know the true reason why God takes them out and it won’t be as obvious as surgery (most of the time, that is). But rest assured the Surgeon can be trusted. Like surgery, it is with considerable pain, sometimes over-the-top- pain that doesn’t seem to go away for a season. It is wise to consider the real reason for surgery; for the overall health of the patient. Let us not, also, think that all believers should walk around with a smile all the time during these seasons. Remember Job ripped his clothes and fell apart with ashes on his head many times over, amid the cry, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
The flip side of this is to NOT see the Hand as from the surgeon, but from an angry despot who likes messing with people. We can sit here and say, “Oh I don’t see God like that!” Just wait until the Hand removes something. In the heat of the battle, the temptation is real to question, to doubt, and even to forsake.
Please understand; God loves His children, He is a Good Dad, and only gives us good gifts, and sometimes the gifts come in the form of a surgery we never planned. The clearest example of this is Him losing His own Son, placing the judicial requirement for our forgiveness on His shoulders. The disciples REALLY didn’t get this at first; I mean close your eyes for a second and imagine what those three days were like for these people. But what came afterwards was the display of God’s love for His people. May we all see the Hand as that of a loving Surgeon, not an angry despot.