Trust During Healing
Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace - in peace because they thrust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26: 3-4 (NRSV)
John R. Robinson, from Georgia, recently had two operations just six weeks apart to remove large kidney stones from both of his kidneys. Following each operation John bemoaned the days he lost, unable to focus at home on reading, writing, or even watching television. But those days had a different purpose in God's plan: developing his ability to trust. John had to trust the surgeon, the operating room staff, and the nurses. After his operation he had to trust his family who helped care for him at home, the instructions and medications he was given, and the medical recommendations about when to remove the painful drainage tubes from his back. Most importantly, he had to trust that he was placed firmly in God's hands.
Now that John's incisions have healed and he has returned to health, his pain is gone. The days after his operations were not wasted or lost. They taught John to rely on God with his life and health. John now trusts that he will never be disappointed by God's presence and care. We too can trust in God to always be there and to provide for our needs.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to appreciate our times of rest and healing as gifts of grace and not just burdens that we have to bear. Renew our strength, in Jesus' name, amen.