One of the hard parts about staying in the waiting room when John is having surgery is the lack of play-by-play. I mean, in surgery the doctor’s are focused on John, as they should. But as the latest surgery stretched from 1 hour to 4 before we heard anything, your mind begins to run away. It’s crazy how you begin to ASSUME the worst.
You begin to think, well if I haven’t heard anything, something bad must be happening. Even when I know they have to get me to sign a consent form to do ANYTHING, it’s easy to assume the worst.
Maybe there was a complication. Maybe the doctor’s were wrong all along. Maybe the damage was worse than originally thought. The list of “maybe” and “what if” goes on and on. This is Satan's primary tactic. He attacks the mind with untruth, and we rationalize what we think as being absolute. Because it is not absolute, fear, anger, concern, and worry can creep into our mind. He is called the accuser, you know.
But whenever I have a question, all I have to do is get the receptionist to call back to surgery, and they give me an update with ACCURATE information, not my assumptions and fears. I get the clear truth.
It’s silly how that happens in every area of life. Someone makes a decision that we disagree with, or have questions about. Someone says, "did you hear what he did?" "Did you hear what he said?" We think we know the full story. We assume that we have all of the information in our puny little minds. Negative thoughts and feelings occur. Actions soon follow, all based on inaccurate, unsubstantiated and incorrect information. We listen to the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
There is a simple solution to this. All we have to do is ASK the source. Not someone who knows someone who has a friend whose aunt was involved. We don’t ask the wolf to check on the sheep. We need to check for ourselves. The only source that is trustworthy and reliable is THE source of information.
The silly little assumptions we make ruin relationships and grip our minds with fear and bitterness. They can cause us to make decisions that we regret later. These assumptions affect innocent sheep around us as we spread the assumptions.
However, asking requires too much work, and someone may point out that I don’t have the right information. I rushed to judgment. I am wrong. I hate being wrong. Instead, I’ll just let the wolf eat the sheep.