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Scalpel to Skin

Scalpel to Skin

It's my favorite part. The beginning of a case, when the scalpel hits the skin. Neat, clean, potential.

I think something happens the first time you see something taken from a person's body.

At least it happened to me.

It's part insane and unnatural, but mostly poetic.

In Last night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey, Dr. Bud Shaw described surgery as an intimacy with a body that seems like a sense of control. But I think deep down, everyone has an understanding that no one is ever truly in control. God is. 

But maybe that's why it's so thrilling, so inviting. 

Maybe the possibility of being used by Him is both exhilarating and overwhelming.

And maybe the process of becoming is what needs to happen until we can step up.

Cut deep, pruned, and refined.


When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. -Isaiah 43:2

Uneven Odds

Uneven Odds

When you're tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

When you're tired, learn to rest, not to quit.