"You will never walk again," said the doctor.
"Unless..." he carried on to the stunned face of the patient, "unless you allow for surgery." The patient had been defiantly resisting the notion of surgery for weeks. Somewhere she had heard that time heals all wounds, and she knew that motto was one that, true or not, people sometimes say about a relational or emotional fracture, not a physical condition like hers. But she liked the sound of it anyway. Beneath it all, she was reluctant to acknowledge that she was just afraid. What if this surgery was botched, like her childhood appendectomy where a bacteria spread throughout her abdomen, which welcomed with it a host of other concerns and fears. The prospect of surgery now was scary. But the prospect of not being able to enjoy a walk with her husband or play with grandchildren at the beach was just a scary.
Sometimes it's easy for us to see what someone else should do. In fact, it can appear obvious and as plain as day to us. What about the times when you're that someone else? Isn't it true that sometimes we can be slow to acknowledge our own need for healing.
I want you to join me in preparing for a very important series this coming Fall called "Emotionally Healthy Church."
Allow me to point out three things to you:
For some, the prospect of emotional surgery seems scary, and for others it seems irrelevant (too 'touchy-feely'), a waste of time, or low priority.
I'm the doctor saying "you need surgery."
Each of those three words is important.
I'm the doctor saying "if you don't give attention to this... if you don't allow for surgery, your life-walk will become seriously impaired, in fact you may not walk again."
I want to ask you to join me in preparing for our emotional surgery this fall. Here's how:
Even greater health and vitality is in our future together! It's going to take your participation. It's going to take hard work. But, it's going to be worth it.
"The power of the Lord was present to heal"
The Great Physician is trustworthy!