Mammograms and Colonoscopies

doctor's officeI recently passed that magical age at which the “powers that be” have decided that I’m suddenly in need of a certain medical screening. You women know which one I mean.

When I went for my yearly check-up last month, my doctor sheepishly said, “You had a big birthday, didn’t you? You know it’s recommended that you get a mammogram every year starting at 40.”

He must’ve noticed the pained look on my face, so he proceeded, “I tell you what….if you’ll get one this year as a baseline, we’ll talk about doing it every other year through your forties. Then at 50, you’ll begin getting colonoscopies.”

Yay! Mammograms and colonoscopies! Just what I was longing to hear.

You need to understand something. I’m the girl who still breaks out in hives at the thought of disrobing at the doctor’s office, even after birthing four babies and breastfeeding said babies for a sum total of almost six years of my life. Those experiences have helped some to allay my fears and insecurities, but still I was NOT looking forward to this appointment.

I was bemoaning the fact that I was “of the age” to get my first mammogram to a friend, and she proceeded to tell me how lovely the whole process is. “It’s like a spa,” she said. “You get to wear a warm robe and have refreshments.” It’s so relaxing that she said she could stay there all day.

Then my other friend said, “Yeah, but then you have to take off the robe!” And I might add other unsavory details, but for the sake of the guys, I won’t go there.

I was whining to my mom about my mammogram appointment this week, and I told her that it stinks to get old. She wholeheartedly agreed. People often say that getting old is better than the alternative, but I wonder….is it, really?

As believers, we have an awful lot to be excited about when thinking about leaving this world and entering eternity. We are promised new bodies, ones that won’t get old or decay or die. Ones that won’t require mammograms or colonoscopies. We’re promised that “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). We’re promised heaven.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for the advances in medical science that have made such specialized screenings possible and that help to extend our lives on this earth, but I’m so looking forward to my heavenly home. Jesus told us in John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

Jesus is preparing a place for me. On the days when my life is really hard and I’m yearning for heaven, I can remember that Jesus is getting my house ready and I can be at peace.

Come, Lord Jesus. Come.


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