I heard a lecturer say this during one of her lecturers this week and quickly had to write it down because it sounded so much like an analogy for life / sermon illustration / helpful quote.
She was talking about having to break the bad news to parents that their child has cancer. She said parents often bring their kids in and know that something is wrong – perhaps something serious, but they don’t really think about it. She said it’s like taking a test that you think you’ve failed. Until the results come out, you can pretend that it didn’t happen or you can ignore it.
But once the doctor comes in and tells the parents the situation – there’s no more pretending.
I know personally there are a lot of things in my life that aren’t right. Things that I can avoid, or put off because they aren’t pressing. Things that don’t really affect the here and now, but I know will definitely affect my trajectory in the long-term.
And I can do a lot of things to avoid them, or ignore them, or pretend that they don’t exist – but once the Great Physician comes in and points it out, and lays down the truth… there’s not really much that I can do but accept it.
If you’re reading this, then I’m sure that there is that something in your life.