Monday, August 21, 2017

Not My First Rodeo

By Andrea Merrell

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

I’ve already been there/done that. This is not my first rodeo.

Over thirty years ago, I was diagnosed with Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy and told a corneal transplant would be on my schedule in the near future.

Fast forward twenty-something years. In 2010, I received a transplant in my right eye along with cataract removal. Now, seven years later, I face the same surgery in my left eye—this week, in fact.

The good thing about having gone down this road before is knowing what to expect.

The bad thing about having gone down this road before is knowing what to expect.

As with all aspects of life, we learn to accept both the good and the bad, knowing God will always be with us, no matter what.  Looking back over the years, it’s easy to rejoice and be thankful for God’s faithfulness. Just as He promises in His Word, He has never left me and never let me down.

The Book of Proverbs is filled with practical wisdom and advice. In chapter 37 (1-8) we’re told to trust in the Lord, delight in Him, commit our ways to Him, and then rest. It’s a natural progression. We can’t delight in or commit our way to someone we don’t trust. But when we trust first, the other elements fall into place.

My life verse has become Proverbs 3:5-6. I’ve learned that when I seek the Lord and trust in Him with all my heart (every fiber of my being), He will direct, lead, and guide as only He can. When I refuse to be sidetracked by my own understanding—trying to analyze every situation and figure things out—He comes through every time in wonderful and unexpected ways.

No matter what you’re going through—even if it’s not your first rodeo—trust in the Lord, and He will lead you to that place of rest.

(Photo courtesy of Miles.)


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