“Okay. Let’s get your weight.” The nurse smiled.
“I hate this part.” I grumble—or I used to grumble, until I lost almost 34 lbs.
The nurse nodded. She’s heard those complaints every day for eight hours or more.
The scale tipped. She adjusted the weights and bars until it settled on the exact weight—to my delight. It matched my Wii. She handed me a gown—very fashionable—and I scurry to undress. In my head, I imagine if I don’t hurry to get into the gown someone will accidentally walk into my room.
They checked my blood pressure, knocked an instrument against my knee caps, and shined a light into my ear cavity and remarked, “You need to clean out your ears.” They do other things, too, and as we women know, it’s degrading and uncomfortable, but necessary. Oh, the horrors!
In thinking about that doctor visit, I am reminded of a quote in “A Christian Dark Age?” by Kristine McGuire, “The current North American church is filled to the brim with spiritual infants who have absolutely no desire to learn beyond what’s pleasant or comfortable by their own estimation or feeling, only seeking out teachers and pastors who fulfill that goal. Basically, we have a large portion of the church body which is filled with a lot of fluff and very little substance. The Christian faith makes no impact on how they live or interact in the world.”
Women checkups are necessary, not comfortable. Having a doctor probe your body strips away all dignity. It’s even…humiliating. No poster on the ceiling is enough to distract you from the visit.
You must face what you fear in order to grow and learn. There’s a lot of unpleasantness in the world. You can’t avoid it. Part of what makes a great story is in the overcoming of the conflict in the story. Without the conflict, you have no story—just fluff. And fluff won’t help you through the difficult and scary times in your life. Only by “Committing to reading, listening, studying, and knowing what the scripture says. Testing what is being taught by others and comparing it to what scripture says. Not growing so accustomed to “spiritual milk” that we never graduate to the “meat” scripture. Applying the lessons of scripture and actually living it out daily by loving God and people; discipling others in Biblical truth with graciousness and love not simply by our words but by our actions. Making a stand for truth without condemnation when necessary,” says Kristine.
Let’s follow our doctor’s advice and “clean out our ears.” It’s not just the doctor’s advice, but it’s the Bible’s advice, too.