I had my tonsils removed yesterday (6/7). As a child, I suffered from severe sore throats and colds. There were times when the doctor suggested that they be removed back then, but whenever I felt better I would tell my mother that I didn’t want to do it.
For the last month and a half I noticed my right tonsil change form. It had always been bigger than my other tonsil, but one day I saw small, blister-like bumps on them so I made an appointment with my doctor. He told me to take ibuprofen and other meds to reduce the swelling but if the swelling didn’t go down after a week then to make an appointment with an ENT doc.
My tonsil went from having a few blister-like bumps to becoming a little more swollen and reddish. I also noticed a tiny blood vein running across it. The ENT doc scheduled a CT scan, and after looking at the images of the tonsil he suggested that I remove both tonsils and have it biopsied.
When I awoke from my sedation, I immediately felt thirsty. I don’t know if that’s a common feeling after having a tonsillectomy, but that’s what I felt. I was given ice chips, but that didn’t satisfy my thirst. Finally, after being in recovery for a little while, I was given water to drink.
I immediately thought about these two Scripture verses:
Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God….”
John 19:28, “…he [Jesus] said, “I am thirsty.””
I’ve been thirsty many times, but I usually do not feel thirsty for very long because I would get something to drink. Today I felt thirsty, and nothing would satisfy my thirst but water. In Matthew 4:14, Jesus tells the “woman at the well,” “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
Now I have a better understanding of all these Scripture verses—just as I was thirsty for water and ice chips didn’t satisfy me, my very being thirsts for God and nothing will satisfy it but God. Whenever my soul/spirit starts to get dry, I know that I am spiritually thirsty and I need God to quench my thirst.