• Ashlyn

My View From a Waiting Room...

Updated: Feb 26



My husband just came through his 14th surgery at Swedish Medical Center since October 2019. For each one of these surgeries, I’ve spent a minimum of 3 hours in a waiting room; on others, I’ve been here for over 14 hours. I watch our daughter, pray for the surgery team as they operate on my husband; And observe... That’s right, I’m a people watcher. So I watch people in some of the most critical moments of their lives.


People wait on scans to find out if they have cancer. Many get X-rays to see if a bone was broken. A few have limbs amputated due to a fire where 60% or more of their body was burned. They anxiously wait for their chemotherapy treatments. Others had a three year old child getting a biopsy on their liver. So. Many. People. So many possibilities.


All of them are waiting and hoping. I often find myself in a similar position. Some of my husband’s surgeries were exploratory, where his life was in the balance; other surgeries were simple wound clean outs with a two stitch closure. As you could imagine, at times I was more anxious than others.


As I sat here today, I come to the realization that there really aren't that many possibilities for the outcome of a surgery. Everyone in here had a loved one who would be okay, or someone who wouldn’t. And you know what, that’s kind of how eternity works.


The waiting room is life, filled with people. They have all sort of situations: with worries, hopes, and dreams. But you know what, we are all waiting for an outcome. Either everything will be okay, or it will be a tragedy.


I want to give you some hope. You can know the outcome of your life. You can have the assurance that EVERYTHING will be okay. It truly doesn’t matter what you’re struggling through, you can have confidence that your eternity is sealed. There are two possible outcomes for eternity: Heaven or Hell. The Bible presents a beautiful view of salvation: It is for everyone, it is free, and it can be certain.


Romans 10:13 KJV

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


1 John 5:13

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.


I purposely wanted my first post to be eternity focused because if your not saved, nothing else on this blog will matter. It is the most important decision you will ever make.



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