Being Tested?

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Being Tested?

Am I being tested (again)?
Am I being tested on my patience, faith, trust?
Do I need to learn something from this?
For me, at this moment, it is a little bit of torture.
I know, behind everything there is a bigger picture and we will never see it at this moment.
Only later on, we realize what it is.

Let me try to explain.

On July 1 I was admitted to the hospital for my kidney stone removal. But this was not successful.
They could not get from the bladder to the kidney because the passage was to narrow.

So for the time being, they placed what they called a double J catheter. They hope that this will stretch the passage to the kidney. Then after maybe two weeks, they could give it a next try.

On July 14 I had called the hospital to check if they already knew something. Because I have to switch medication 3 days before the operation and I just wanted to let them know that it cannot be the last moment thing.

The planning did not see anything in their schedule or notes yet. So they would check further to see if anyone had any idea.

Waiting for special instruments.

After checking things, they told me that for this operation they had to order some special instruments.
The instruments that they needed were not on their own stock. But they could not tell me when these would be in.

I had explain to them that a few day’s before the operation I had to switch medication, so it could not be a last moment call. They understood this.

I also asked if they had any idea, how long this normally would take. But for this, they did not have an answer. One of the other things is also, that it is also holiday time.

I fully understand these things and these are things that no one could predict.


But this brings a problem/challenge for me. The double J catheter they had placed to stretch the passage, has a curl at the end. This curl is rubbing on the inside wall of the bladder. So it is irritating my bladder.
(This is normal)

As a result of this, I need to run to the toilet often. If I sit still or lay down on the bed, it’s ok.
But as soon as I start walking or moving, the catheter starts also rubbing. Sometimes I can stand or walk for a few minutes. Other times, within 1 minute I need to run to the toilet.

This then feels like a bladder infection. And sometimes very little comes out. And it sometimes feels painful.

Here in the house we also joke a little about it. “My new favorite room in the house is the toilet.”
“I have a new favorite chair.” If someone asks us if we could visit or come, we joke, “as long there is a toilet nearby.” Or “maybe place a table/chair in the hallway for me, near the toilet.”

These are all jokes, but it is a bit uncomfortable for me, running to the toilet. But what else can you do, for now? Not much.

Sudden thoughts.

During my quiet time and a bible study, I suddenly got the thought, that maybe this was to teach me something. Maybe it is testing my patience or trust. Or maybe not to think about my uncomfortable situation.

I have patience. I know that some things don’t go the way we think or plan. Maybe God’s plan is different from ours. It is also teaching us/me to have patience. There should be a reason for this delay. And I accept this.

I also know that there are others out there that suffer more than me. But when you have these different health conditions, you cannot help to wonder, why me. Why me again. I know by now, that why questions are normal, and that for now, we don’t have the answers to them.

Only, when things are past or over, we can say or see why things were like this.


We are all being tested, in one way or another. We are being tested on our patience, trust, faith, hope, and beliefs. Some more than others.

Me, I see the current situation as some kind of test run. So when the operation is push through, I know what will come. It is not nice but it is only temporary. And I hope and pray, that when the operation will go, they can remove the kidney stone in one go. Else I need to go through this again.

I hope you all will take care and stay safe.
God Bless.


2 thoughts on “Being Tested?

  1. Dear bro. Pierre,

    Thanks again for sharing your blog, I enjoy reading because, I am also experienced trials and testing and somehow I questioned why me, but the years passed by, I realized that all those tests, I overcome. So called myself I am overcomer, tested proven and stretch my patience.
    God never leave us nor forsake us, the verse says in Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. declares the Lord.
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    God bless,


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