Wednesday, September 23, 2020

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Psalm 46:1-2

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

When I was 20, I discovered a lump on my neck. I ignored it, as most young people probably would, for a handful of reasons - I was in college and too busy to worry about it, I was young and invincible, and I was too experienced to know about worst case scenarios. When I went home for Christmas, my mom insisted I get it checked out. After much eye-rolling and whining, I finally went to the family doctor.

That started a month of tests and doctor appointments and nervousness. I couldn't ignore the possibilities any more and I was scared. But when I met the surgeon, I was instantly reassured. I didn't know him before I entered his office, but not more than five minutes later I was confident that everything would be OK. I trusted him immediately, even though I knew little about him.

In looking back (and knowing more now than I did then), I am amazed that I felt so comfortable and trusting of the surgeon. I was putting my life into his hands, but I wasn't worried.

There have been times in my life that I should have trusted God that completely, but I haven't. Looking back on those times, I wonder why it was so easy to trust the surgeon and, in contrast so hard to trust God. I know that God has my best at heart, just as the surgeon did, but I have questioned and doubted God.

Psalm 46:1-2 is so matter-of-fact - God is always with us to help and comfort us so there's no reason to fear. It sounds so simple. And, honestly, we can trust Him because He has proven that He is faithful. He does what He says and He says what He does. Nothing that God does should surprise us. 

 

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