Recently, I read the book of Daniel. We all recall the fiery furnace that Sadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were tossed into for their refusal to serve the gods of King Nebuchandnezzar. But I love what they tell him first: “we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3: 16-18
“Even if he doesn’t.” What marvelous faith in God himself, His Presence alone, in the joy of knowing God’s strength can overcome anything, but trusting so deeply in His sovereignty that we accept any outcome in our lives. I was reminded of these thoughts as I went through a heart catheterization this past Thursday which led to a stent being placed in my heart. I had faith that the Lord would direct the gifts of the doctors to bring about a successful outcome, but more importantly, Meg and I went into the procedure with the joy that God’s will is perfect, regardless of the whatever human hopes we have in the outcome.
On a brief side note. I had noticed my symptoms in June as I was training hard on steep trails for backpacking. However, they would go away when I rested a bit, or go away as I worked through them, so I ignored them–until I talked with a good high school friend whose similar symptoms had led him to a cardiologist and two stents. So, finally shared with Meg what was happening, saw my internist, did a cardio-vascular stress test, and from there, had the procedure done three days ago. Drop me an email if you want, but if you are experiencing similar symptoms, tell your spouse and see a doctor! The procedure is amazing and recovery is easy. Blessings, Eric
“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way.” This wise statement from Proverbs might seem offensive on its face. Yet it does not mean we stop using the mind our Father has blessed each of us with. Rather, it means simply not to over think; not to overindulge in our own egos. God’s mighty power is what surrounds us, saves us and blesses us. “Speechless silence in is awesome Presence” (Tozer) establishes and restores us to that power.