The patient's arthritic hip was slowly exposed until the problem area of that particular joint was visible to the surgeon's eye. He finally hit his target that he needed to replace with a metal kind of joint, to give that patient a new life; from disability to being enable to walk again without too much pain and stiffness on that joint.
That was 20 something years ago. I thought I was going to pass out with what I was witnessing, being new in the field of Nursing. I was one of those avid students who volunteered to see the actions inside an operating room and learn more of what truly happens there prior to nurses caring for the patients after their surgery. To see the tissues pried open until the bone was exposed and some bleeding controlled with the sponges and some arteries or veins cauterized, if needed to prevent further bleeding, was a new experience for me and those students. My nausea was replaced with the hunger to learn, to understand the disease and treatment process, and to know the interventions much later post-operatively.
Back into the recovery area, the patient slowly woke up after the effects of anesthesia started wearing off. The nurse made sure that he was fully alert and oriented and gave something for pain. Once able to breathe on own and more alert, he was given a couple of ice chips to moisten his oral cavity. He didn't see what the surgeon did to fix that new hip [and I wouldn't discuss it here so as not to offend some :)]. As part of my nursing project, I followed up with that patient until he had his physical therapy. A few days later, the surgical wound was healing and he was walking with a steady gait and normal pace, as if he didn't have a surgery. His face painted with happiness as he regained his freedom to walk without a debilitating hip limiting him before.
We all need that kind of surgery, too! We all need "spiritual surgery"- particulary a surgery of our hearts. For those of you who still don't believe in Jesus, don't think that you can get away with the things you do here on earth. Like that scalpel that cut the tissues to expose the arthritic bone, God's Word does the same.
"For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires.
It exposes us for what we really are.
Nothing in all creation can hide from Him.
Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes.
This is the God to Whom we must explain all that we have done."
-Hebrews 4: 12-13 [Life Application Bible]
If you are feeling limited with your walking in this life's journey, there is still hope if you trust the Master Surgeon. When you trust Him, you will come out like "new" after His surgery. Only Jesus can fix that life of yours which is actually dead- - - dead because of your sins. Only Jesus can give you a new life and I guarantee you, if you let Him do this surgery on you, you will be walking without any problem and that's for eternity.
From Contemporary English Version of the Bible:
Deuteronomy 30:6 -"You and your descendants are stubborn, but the LORD will make you willing to obey him and love him with all your heart and soul, and you will enjoy a long life."
Job 11:13 -"Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer."
Psalm 51:17 -"The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won't refuse."
Psalm 53:1 -"Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right."
Ezekiel 36:26 -"I will take away your stubborn heart and give you a new heart and a desire to be faithful. You will have only pure thoughts."