Today is the day I have surgery on my vocal cords. I'll be fine and I'm sure I'll soon be able to give voice to the Gospel again. No worries.
However, I do find myself pondering the outcomes I'm after. Hmmmmm. I have several options to consider.
Do I want to abandon speaking altogether and use syncopated percussion to communicate? It worked pretty well for the kids helping us worship last weekend. Maybe I should carry around a couple sticks and a big exercise ball to pound out God's message. That would be awesome.
Should I hope for an entirely new voice? That could be fun. Maybe I should request a speaking voice like Ezra Earl Jones, or a singing voice like Johnny Cash.
There seems to be a niche opening up in the area of "Christian Opera." Think about it; when did you last attend an Opera written to proclaim the Good News of Jesus? Maybe I should script, score and perform a new Gospel Opera. With the work on my vocal cords, I could sing it with Pavarotti. (Boy, I hope he'll be able to keep up.)
I should confess I've already asked my surgeon if I'll be able to sing Opera after this procedure, and he replied with a question of his own: "Could you sing Opera before the surgery?" I'm not sure why he asked that, but he seemed to imply my future abilities were somehow tied to my past.
In a couple of days, I'll let you know how I'm doing and how the procedure went. All I know right now is that I'm facing a few days to total silence after the surgery. I won't be able to speak at all. Not a word. Not a whisper. Zip. Nada. Nothing.
Anybody willing to pray for me to stay absolutely silent for a few days?
Psalm 39:2 - I was mute with silence.