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The Doctor Will See You Now

Life is filled with time spent in the Waiting Room, where we’re sick from disappointments, missed lessons, and waiting for our “time” for change. And, while many of us use this time to wait for circumstances and situations to change, it’s really about us! We are next in line for a transplant – a new mindset (Philippians 2:5), a new outlook, a clean heart (Psalm 51:10), and a new spirit.

When life announces, “The Doctor will see you now”, what do we do?

We start fumbling through our bag of mixed emotions.  We want the enlarged territory, we want good success, we want greatness – but we’re also sick with fear: “Will it hurt?” “How long will it take?” “I’m afraid of change.”

What Are You Here For?

We’ve all been there.  I’m sitting next to you in the Waiting Room right now. As teammates and co-workers for Christ, God wants His team to prosper physically, financially, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually – so the whole Body can be effective and efficient in bringing Him honor.

We’re in the best place we could be, in process for God to transform and heal some places in our lives that have been bumped, bruised, or flat out broken. The Great Physician is standing by to put us back together fresh and new.

But, there’s something we have to do in the process.

We’ve got to COOPERATE with the transformation and healing we so desire.

Take a look at Adam.

In Genesis 2:21, when God began to make woman, it says that God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and Adam slept. He didn’t fight the sleep. Adam didn’t peek. Adam graciously rested in God, and trusted God to provide what (who) he needed and how.

So, here’s a brief list of play calls to help you cooperate with your spiritual surgery. Ready?

Before You Hop on the Table for Spiritual Surgery, remember:

1. Lie there and be still; Stay in position.

Have you ever witnessed a mother give birth while sitting upright in a chair? Or, how about open heart surgery taking place while the patient lies on his stomach? Pretty hard for either procedure to be a success, right?

Positioning aligns your entire being to receive an expected outcome. Positioning is paramount to your purpose and can make or break your process [Tweet that]. When we are out of place, when we rebel against the posture that will bring us success, we sabotage the greatness that we’re destined for – all because we won’t get into position and stay there.

2. Go limp and trust the Doctor; Don’t resist the anesthesia.

Are you afraid you’re going to miss something (FOMO)? Do you have a spiritual medical degree and want to make sure the procedure goes well? Team, just fall asleep!

Truth is, you cannot know, control, or fix everything – but God can [Tweet that]. If you could, you wouldn’t be on the operating table in dire need of a new heart, mind, or attitude. When we take our hands off the situation and trust God at work, our masterpiece life will emerge.

3. Be quiet; Quit telling everybody everything you see, hear, and feel.

Our mouths can be our worse enemy, and an even worse enemy of transformation and healing. Constant negative talk, self-doubt, expressions of fear – our mouths can create or reinforce the very death traps that God is actually working to rescue us from.

You can be in perfect alignment and position on the operating table, but delay or never receive your transplant because you won’t stop talking – you’re disrupting the process, disturbing the peace, disrespecting the order that your process calls for. Get into a place of quiet – don’t say so much, and if you have to talk, talk to the Doctor.

4. Stop watching the clock; Trust that time works for the Team.

Am I done yet? Can I see it? Can I go now? We often spend so much time watching the clock and thinking about ourselves, we forget that God is watching everyone’s clock to benefit each other!

We are one Team, and there is no change, transformation, healing, or success planned for us in isolation. Perhaps your perceived delay is to allow the person who will give you the job time to be promoted themselves – so they are in the position to bless you. Perhaps “he” or “she” is not here yet because God is taking time to work some things out of you that would scare Mr. or Ms. Right away. The clock tick-tocks for us all – not just for one.

So, What’s the Play Call?

Team, it’s amazing how bad we want success, abundance, to win – but the consistent hold up to all of these super fabulous things is our unwillingness to cooperate with God.

Trust that you’re in good hands with the Great Physician (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Let’s sleep, shall we?

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Audrey Kinley
4 years ago

I agree that “The Great Physician” is standing by to put us back together. For me, it’s just really hard to understand that. I’m hoping that I can find someone to help me with my spiritual journey.

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