Published August 21, 2012

Shelia Shares....
"Strong Willed"

It is now eight weeks since my eye surgery. A lot of healing has taken place and I feel blessed.

Just before surgery, the anesthesiologist told me that I would not be asleep during the actual surgery. This is to avoid the REM (rapid eye movement) that comes with a deep sleep and can interfere with the intricate eye surgery being performed. I remember waking up during the surgery. I heard the surgeon say that it would only be another five to ten minutes and I was thinking how fast the time had gone.

At my afternoon check up with the surgeon, he told me that I talked to him during surgery and he had to tell me not to talk. I assume that rather than thinking the surgery had gone quickly, I told him I thought it had gone quickly.

Actually, waking up and talking during surgery isn't a first for our family. Some years ago, when Paul had hernia surgery, he talked to the doctor during surgery. The doctor didn't answer him. The surgeon simply told the anesthesiologist, "Increase the drip." And he was out.

All this reminded me of when I had my colonoscopy a few years back. I was so nervous about it that I began shaking. The nurses loaded on warm blanket after warm blanket. By the time the doctor saw me, he had to ask if he could remove a few blankets so he could find me. Laying there, I asked the doctor what I needed to do. He suggested that I begin counting down from 100 and see how far I could count.

I started at 100 ...and then I woke up in recovery. When the doctor came to tell us that there were no problems, he asked if we had any questions. I like to get the important things out of the way, so I wanted to know how far I had counted. He asked if I could remember. I thought it was 56 and he agreed. I was disappointed to not get very far counting until he told me that some people get to 99, some to 98 and a few to 97. He said I have strong will power and it would be difficult for someone to hypnotize me. (Paul said a hearty "amen" to the "strong willed" description.)

Strong will power can be good or bad. It can be a strength or weakness. We need to choose carefully for what we are standing strong. If we have read the Bible and understood it in the context of the entire passage, then we need to stand on what it says.

Hebrews 10:23 reads, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

Later in Hebrews 10, we read verses 35-37. "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise; For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry."

So, stand strong. God been faithful and will be faithful until the end. He has promised that He is coming and we can count on it. Hold fast. Don't waver. Endure. He is faithful.

- Shelia

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