October 27, 2019 by Kgalalelo
I visited a surgeon at the beginning of the month suffering from abdominal pains and she referred me to a gynaecologist at the hospital for a thorough check. I’d had the discomfort for a while, ignored the pain mostly but this time around it was over the top.
Soon after leaving the practice, I received a text message confirming the appointment scheduled for 10:00 a.m. the next day. In the meantime, I took painkillers to alleviate the pain for the rest of the day.
The following day, I left home early to make it before ten o’ clock that I may have enough time to complete the routine paperwork at the practice before seeing the doctor. On my way there, I suddenly had a conviction in my spirit that if things didn’t work out with the specialist as expected and he referred me elsewhere also for further tests or even suggesting surgery, I would reject that and trust in God for my healing. In fact, it felt more like a whisper in my mind to have faith in God and let Him sort the problem out.
When I arrived at the surgery, the door was open from the inside but the butler gate locked and so I pressed the bell for the receptionist to open, and because I could see the reception area from where I was standing, I was surprised to see how full the surgery was. Almost all chairs were taken and I had to look around to spot a place to sit after reporting at the reception desk.
When the tall, slim, twenty-something year old brunette finally opened the butler gate, and I walked over to the reception desk, she was still occupied with a file; I stood there and greeted. She raised her eyes to look at me, nodded gently with a weak smile and asked my name which I gave. She then browsed through the pile of files on her table, pulled mine out and said, “you may take a seat” and continued with whatever she was doing.
I went to the only seat available in the waiting area and all the time wondering why she seemed distant and uninterested. The voice of judgement in my head expected the full and undivided attention from the young lady, a broad smile and a very enthusiastic greeting, which I never received.
On the other hand, I questioned in my head why the surgery was packed up that early in the morning with my file almost at the bottom of the pile and yet it was almost time for my scheduled treatment.
The awaiting patients ranged from pregnant to matured women who came only for gynaecological examinations. The first lady to come out of the examination room while I was there was far advanced in her pregnancy and the next was called in. I thought to myself, ‘I would probably be here for some time’ while concerned with my next appointment at 12:00 p.m.
I picked up a magazine on the table to pass time and soon the receptionist called my name out. She led me to a consultation room to check my blood pressure, put me on the scale and measured my height. I took the opportunity while she was busy with me to establish why the practice was full and the doctor was running late; that’s when she informed me that the specialist had to rush to theatre that morning to perform an emergency operation, otherwise he would have been on time to attend to all of us as scheduled.
I was glad that I had asked and the delay was fair and understandable. As I went back to my seat after the pre-exam, I was pleased that my blood pressure was normal and my weight under control. At this time, it was past my scheduled appointment and I was not near going in. I sat there and while waiting, I noticed the receptionist leaving her desk and going towards the door and out the butler gate. I assumed that she was going to the bathroom but she took a long time.
I looked at my wristwatch again and the time was almost 11:30 when I got up and went to the reception desk, approached the substitute who had taken over to find out how far off I was from seeing the doctor. Unfortunately, he couldn’t say and that was my queue to say, “The Lord nurses them when they are sick
and restores them to health”. (Psalm 41:3)
I cancelled my appointment immediately, and even though the assistant offered to reschedule, I declined and knew it was not meant to be. I had received my answer on my way to the hospital earlier. I had to put my faith and trust in God because, “He who promised is faithful”. (Hebrews 10:23). God is the one who heals.
The psalmist says,
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and He saved them from their distress.
He sent forth His word and healed them;
He rescued them from the Pit.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving devotion
and His wonders to the sons of men.
Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and declare His works with rejoicing (Psalm 107:19-22).
I considered my next appointment the most important one as I handed over the dis-ease to God to let Him handle it. He knows the cause and the cure; He restores and rejuvenates and the ins and the outs of my abdomen He created.
I rushed out of the surgery to the elevator but it was still on the first floor and I was on the fifth and I opted to take the stairs instead. As I went down the stairs to the fourth floor, I met that young receptionist and she was on the phone in tears. She was having a conversation with someone and seemed very hurt.
I gasped as I remembered how I judged her earlier, assuming that she was unfriendly, all the while she was dealing with some issues in her life. I stood next to her, touched her shoulder and told her that things would be alright. I didn’t know what was happening but realised that she needed someone to comfort her. She had taken all that time outside because she was going through a difficult time in her life. She had not been rude to me at all but upset-minded though forced herself to go to work that morning.
My goodness, how wrong I was about her!
I knew at that time that the all-seeing God prompted me to take the stairs that I may understand the situation the young lady was in. She had wronged no one, including me. If the reaction had been the same with all the patients, everyone could have judged her but God wanted to teach me on that day about never making assumptions about people because l do not know where they are emotionally and what they could be going through.
Perhaps there are many people that I have treated the same way as well. I’ve passed them in the street without greeting, maybe because I could have been thinking about something else and really didn’t notice them. It could have been anything and done countless times in the span of my life.
I nearly assumed also that there was an over-booking at the surgery, not thinking about the emergencies that crops up. The doctor might have been needed to perform an emergency C-section or assist a woman in labour to deliver a baby on the spot. There was no way he could have known what would upset his schedule on that day. I believe there are quiet days where surgeons see patients per schedule without any crises.
I never went back to the surgery and feel fine, in fact, I found a simple remedy at the pharmacy that eased the pains dramatically and I have a routine that I use daily as prescribed by the pharmacist. This tells me that God had a different plan. He wanted to teach or remind me of an important lesson through all that happened.
I went before the Lord when I got home that evening and repented. I misjudged the poor receptionist and the situation at the surgery. The Bible says that we parish because of a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). I thank the Lord for His gentle counsel and teaching.
Jesus says first we should remove the log in our own eye instead of looking at the speck in another person’s eye. He says that the way we judge others, is the same measure that would be used to judge us as well (Matthew 7:1-6).
How many of us have judged without the full facts? We feel justified most of the time and yet, fail to see our own acts of judgement and the assumptions we make about others day and night. We condemn other souls without listening to their point of view.
The Bible says in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. If Christ judges us not who are in Him, why do we continue to judge others and assume the worst instead of the good.
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