Friday, July 1, 2022

Five Minute Friday - Trust

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.

trust and obey
trust issues

I had a knee replacement surgery yesterday morning. It was a long time coming and I'm so glad it's finally done, but of course now I have the hard work of exercising and doing rehab. This whole experience is an exercise in trust.

I had to trust my surgeon's diagnosis and recommendation for surgery, and I had to trust his knowledge, his hands and his training to do the surgery. I had to trust the nurses to care for me and get the IV in. I had to trust that the anesthesiologist knew what he was doing, so that I wouldn't be awake during the surgery but would wake up properly afterwards. I had to trust the technology to work correctly because it was a robot assisted surgery and I now have mechanical components in my knee.

Now that I'm home, I have to trust my therapist when he tells me that I have to work through painful exercises every hours in order to recover. I have to trust my family to care for my needs and look after a lot of the household chores that are usually mine. And thankfully it seems I can trust my church family to bring us meals and extend love and care for me and my family.
This morning I caught up on my Bible reading plan from yesterday (I guess it's fair that I missed a day!) and it included a favorite story of mine that demonstrated great trust. The whole story is in II Chronicles chapter 20, but I'll give the Kym paraphrase with just a few quotes. 

So Jehoshaphat is the king of Judah at this point, and he is one of the really good kings. Not perfect, but definitely one of the good ones. A bunch of opposing kings teamed up to attack Judah and the odds were not good. What did King Jehoshaphat do? He went to God and laid it all out before him. "God, you are LORD over everything! You have done mighty things in the past and you've promised to listen when we, your people, cry out to you. So that's what we're doing."

"Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you." (II Chronicles 20:12)

What a wonderful prayer of trust! Jehoshaphat acknowledge that he had NOTHING. He was outmanned and outgunned and had no plan other than trust God to come to the rescue. Here comes a prophet with the answer for him:

"Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's . . . You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you." (II Chronicles 20:15-17)

Cool promise, right? So not only did Jehoshaphat do exactly what God told him, he worshiped God wholeheartedly right then, before the battle took place. In fact, he led all the people in a loud worship celebration! The next day the army headed out, and Jehoshaphat reminded them to trust their God and the word of God's prophet. Not only that, but he appointed men to sing praises to God as they marched out at the head of the army! They were singing a song of praise, thanking God for victory he would give them.

As they sang and marched out in obedience (singing the hymn Trust and Obey, I'm pretty sure), God set an ambush against the opposing armies and completely defeated them. Totally destroyed those armies. All Judah's army had to do was gather up the plunder, and it took three days, there was so much! And they continued to trust God, because the first thing they did when they got back into town was head for the temple to praise God 

". . . for the LORD had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies." (II Chronicles 20:27)

There was nothing I could do to fix my own knee, so I've been trusting the people that do have the knowledge and skills, and the healing that God will bring. There was nothing Judah could do against their enemies, so they trusted God to fight for them.


This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Trust".

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Anonymous said...

I'm your FMF neighbor this week. Great meditation here about trust and for such a tangible thing - a surgery! I'm guessing you're doing the chronological Bible plan too? I've been in 2 Chronicles as well.

Andrew said...

I just couldn't resist.

Kym's got metal in her knee,
and more sooner than be later,
she'll become (just wait and see!)
a good true Christian Terminator.
More and more will be replaced
as improvement is essential,
and by God she will be graced
by a might that's elemental,
changing tyre with no jack,
opening the firmest door,
you'll always know she will be back,
and there's something, even more,
she'll get an accent, ever bold,
Salzburgian like Arnold.

Barb H said...

I'm glad you had the surgery. My husband is having his first one done this fall. I TRUST God gor your healing.

Visiting from FMF (I wasn't able to login with my URL)

Annette said...

a comfort to my heart this day. :) that reminder to simply trust God

Heather Knowles said...

Praying that your recovery from surgery is full and speedy. Keep on with the physio! My hubby can't have his knee done yet - it's not bad enough.
Just stopped by from FMF #21

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