That pretty much defines the online doctrine of TMI (too much information), but bear with me.
I’d refused the exam for all the reasons you would naturally refuse such…I hate being exposed and the procedure gives a whole new meaning to the word “invasive”.
(I woke up before the invasion was over, but that’s another story for another time…it’s an odd way to wake up.)
The doctor came in to tell me what he had done and how the procedure went…and told me that they had removed something.
Something that had I not submitted to the examination could have have made me very sick or killed me.
It was, (we hope) “pre-cancerous”.
I now have a metal staple where the sun doesn’t shine that will activate metal detectors.
I have purposed in my heart to stay out of the park on those days when the old men come looking for lost valuables with their hand held detectors…
I will need a special card the doctor gave me to board airplanes and hope the TSA doesn’t decide to search anyway.
Naturally, all of this led me to think about God things.
How many of us have something growing inside our souls that the Holy Spirit has shown us must be removed?
How many of us have the cancer of greed, of lust, of unforgiveness, of idolatry, or some such thing common to man hiding beneath the surface?
How long do we run from the exposure of such and let the Holy Spirit do His work, even when it feels so invasive?
The point being that these things are as deadly to our spiritual life and our walk with Christ as that polyp could have been to my body.
They can kill relationships, marriages, families and fellowship with God.
I’m going to make your applications today.
If you’re over fifty and you haven’t had a colonoscopy, get it done.
It could save your life.
If you’ve been resisting the work of the Holy Spirit in discovering and removing “pre-cancerous” sin, let Him do His work.
It could save even more of your life.
If I can do it you, you can too.