I want to thank you for all of the prayers you prayed for my son, who had surgery a couple of weeks ago. It went very well, and he’s recovering nicely. In fact, he does not even react as if the surgery site is painful now. We’re so thankful for the outpouring of love and support from you all.
Sending my son in for surgery was one of the toughest things I’ve had to do. The worst part was when they wheeled him out to the operating room, and we saw him round the corner away from us. Let me tell you, that was a tough moment. Part of the reason it was so tough was because it’s my son, and I love him, and I hate to see him hurting. But the other, and more significant reason that it was so difficult, I believe, was that it was out of my control. Surgery is beyond my level of expertise, and I had nothing to do with the procedure in the surgery room. It was completely beyond me. When things are beyond us, out of our control, we can move in one of two directions: worry or trust.
Worry says that I don’t really trust that God is in control. Because God is not fully in control, and He’s not going to give this the time, effort, love, and thought that the gravity of this situation deserves, I in my sufficient wisdom will fret, sweat, and unhealthily concern myself with that which I cannot control. God cannot be in control, because if He were, He would have led me to this situation. Worry, at its heart, reflects a lack of trust.
Trust, on the other hand, says that though this is a difficult situation, and I don’t know what the outcome will be, God is in control. As He has been faithful in the past, so will He be faithful now. God is good, and His love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34). The one who trusts sleeps peacefully in the knowledge that God is the one who provides true safety (Psalm 4:8). Trust, at its heart, reflects a true belief.
I’d like to say that I never once worried throughout this whole process, but I can’t honestly say that. However, I can say that difficult situations tend to bring heart issues out. When difficult times come, use that as a time to evaluate your heart. Will you worry? Or will you flee to God?