Surgery and Pleasing God Through Hoping In Him

After having two failed back surgeries, I will be having surgery on Friday to have a lumbar pain pump installed to deliver a small amount of medication directly to the ‘intrathecal space’ in the low back, which is just inside the epidural space, like where pregnant women get injected to numb (supposedly? I don’t know) the pain of childbirth. Think of it as the spinal canal. I had a successful test run of this with the pump outside my body and the tube (called a catheter–a word which men shutter when they hear it–especially those of us who have actually had one put in, and taken out of that place!). This helped the pain all the way down to my feet, although I still had what I call ‘sitting pain’ or pelvic floor pain, which is a different issue.


I don’t mind surgery much, but it’s the recovery and my body getting used to various changes in medications, adjustments with the pump and other things associated with my other conditions. It’s not like they just put it in and I feel great and live happily ever after. So that’s my concern and what I’m anxious about. The time after my last surgery was terrible, although that was a double fusion–a much bigger deal than this.

Spiritually, God has been emphasizing Scripture where he is pleased with us when we fear, hope and trust him.

Psalm 147:11
The LORD is pleased with those who fear him,
with those who wait with hope for his mercy.

Lamentations 3:25
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to anyone who seeks help from him.

I want to please my Father in this way. Not for merit, but because it’s what he wants, deserves, and is for our good. Maybe if you haven’t thought about these things, this post could give you something to think and pray about. It has brought about a change in me and I’m less nervous than I was 2-4 weeks ago. We’ll see how I feel the day before.

If you would like to pray for me, please pray that along with things going well, like no complications, especially infection, but more importantly that I would continue to focus on what God has been showing me and to be looking up (Col 3:1-3) whatever happens. If the recovery and transition are difficult, that I would receive grace and take refuge in God. Also for perseverance knowing that my faith is being refined.

12 Responses to “Surgery and Pleasing God Through Hoping In Him”

  1. 1 Dave Moser

    I’m excited that you have such a God-honoring attitude. I’ll be praying for you!

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks Karl and Dave.

    Dave I really liked your article/post about worship and sports fans. You think about many of the things I do but express them better and have already thought through them more than me. Sometimes reading your stuff is like fast forwarding. Keep doing the work for me.

  3. 3 Karl

    Jeff, my fiancee and I will be praying for you. And your scripture references have been very close to my heart lately as well. My fiancee and I were just talking last night about the fear of the Lord being the begining of knowledge.

    We will be praying that you get the relief you need from your surgery and that God will bless you through this time of recovery.

  4. 4 Dave Black

    Prayers? You got ’em! God bless you, my brother.

  5. 5 pedro4jc

    Jeff, I’m believing this surgery and the recovery time will be to the praise of His glorious grace.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you. I like how you put that. A lot of meaning in those last few words.

    Thanks for reading. My site was down because of bandwidth issues but they put it back up before the end of the month and they’re trying to figure it out.

  7. 7 Eric

    Jeff – I’ve heard great things about pain pumps and a lot of people are able to taper a lot of their oral meds. I pray you have a great result and an uneventful, speedy recovery. I liked your verses. I also like Ps. 69:33, “The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people” (NIV). I know captive means those that are in a physical prison, but I also think it could apply to those of us held captive in pain, disease, fear, etc. God bless you, brother. Eric

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for the encouragement Eric.

    I’m now home from surgery. Please pray for recovery. We’re having a hard time getting s specific pain med.

  9. 9 Eric

    You’ll be in my prayers, Jeff.

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  11. 11 Aimee Byrd

    Will be praying for your recovery, Jeff. I hope it successfully helps with your pain.

  12. 12 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you. So far the recovery seems to be going as planned.

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