Understanding Spiritual Surgery
I remember very vividly the day my sixteen year old daughter had her tonsils removed. I believe my wife and I were more nervous than she was. We sat in the hospital room, listening to the doctor explain the procedure, that ended with the promise of lots of ice cream. That morning, it seemed like the ultimate goal was to "get through this" and then everything would be ok. However, we learned very quickly the surgery was, in some ways, the easy part; the recovery room was where the most pain and anguish was experienced...pain that ice cream didn't seem to help.
This same principle is true when it comes to spiritual surgery. As a pastor, I have learned that God is always "cutting things" out of our lives that interfere with our relationship with him. Sometimes our surgeries are followed with little or no recovery, as if having a mole removed; like when God convicts us for being belligerent with someone. After repenting and offering an apology to the offended, healing takes place rather quickly. And other times, God must cut away things that are deeper in the body; things that require a lot more bleeding and pain...like my daughter's tonsillectomy.
Three days after my daughter's surgery, she wanted to go out with her friends. My wife quickly intervened with a strong "NO" because she understood that recovery took time; and if she didn't take time to heal, her condition could worsen, making her sicker than before the surgery. Anytime God cuts something away that was "deep" in our hearts (things like pride, jealousy, bitterness, etc) we must allow God to nourish us back to health. Both our human and spiritual tendencies are to return to our normal state as soon as possible, which is always too soon. God is always working in the waiting.
It's in the times of recovery that we discover again, the still small voice of God. Perhaps this was what Jesus meant when he spoke to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). When we are at our weakest is when God can do His greatest works in our life.
Here's three things that will help you in your recovery:
1) Don't rush God; be faithful to Him where you are
2) Don't define God by your weakness; He is still strong
3) Don't resist God; whatever He has removed is beneficial to your spiritual health