At first I thought it was the Chinese buffet that I had the night before, but after 12 hours the stabbing pain in my gut told me it was time to see the doctor.
I ended up having appendicitis…just 36 hours before my second sermon and my fifth day of work at Westwood.
I really hate that I had to miss preaching. I am so disappointed that I missed the opportunity to lead communion with the whole congregation. This is just horrible timing, there just isn’t a way around that fact.
I was concerned about what the congregation would think, what the rest of the staff would think, and especially what I thought of myself. I was angry that I had gotten sick.
How could this stupid little organ that doesn’t even have a purpose do this to me?!
Well, I don’t think there is much of an answer to that question. They say that appendicitis isn’t brought on by stress, but I have a feeling that the last 2 months of intense life transition haven’t set my body up to fight off much of anything.
But now I ask myself, how does God redeem this situation. I lean towards the idea that God meets us in our affliction, rather than having a conversation about whether or not God caused this to happen. I don’t really know if God caused my appendix to swell from 7mm to 12mm and require surgery, but I do know that God is interested in how I am going to lean on His care, His promises and His inspiration as my body heals and I have unexpected time to read, think and enjoy the company of my wife.
I look forward to easing back into the office over the next couple of days and continue pursuing how the Holy Spirit is leading this expression of the body of Christ.