Luke 6:21 blessed are those who are hungry. When I hear this scripture it weirdly reminds me of when my gallbladder was removed. I woke up Saturday morning on my birthday extremely ill and thought I had the flu. Then as I quickly became worse I went to the clinic and was admitted to the hospital still not knowing what was wrong. They did not find out what was wrong until Monday morning and I ended up having surgery Tuesday. During that entire time I was in too much pain to eat anything. I was so sick from the infection spreading through my body eating was the last thing I wanted to do. When I got out of surgery and my gallbladder and all the infection had been removed I was told I was begging for food in recovery. They gave me a granola bar to satisfy me. When I got out of recovery I begged my family to go get me chicken strips, which are my all time favorite comfort food. I was so hungry.
This makes me think of many times when we go through a trial or tragedy of some sort we are in so much pain we don't feel spiritually hungry and we stop eating spiritual food. We need the ultimate surgeon to do spiritual surgery on us. We need him to remove all the infection of bitterness, anger, guilt, resentment, and unforgiveness out of our hearts and lives. When we allow ourselves to become exposed with all the ugly truth then he can begin the healing process. That's exactly what it is, a process. It's not an overnight fix. Sure the surgery removed the infection and the damaged organ but the recovery took weeks. It left scars that will never go away. The trials of life leave scars that will last forever. When we allow God to do spiritual surgery on our hearts we will soon begin to feel hungry for spiritual food again: his word, his spirit, his love, and his pleasing will.