F.R.O.G. – Fully Rely On God
On July 20, 2001 I had my “first” major surgery. I had never been in the hospital for any reason except to have my children. I always told my husband I would be a basket case if I ever had to have surgery. I hate needles and I am not into pain. It took several months to get the courage to have surgery. Once I had it scheduled I had to wait some six weeks before having it. All that time to think and fret. Well, I didn’t think about it and I didn’t fret. I was too busy working ahead to keep things done up.
The Sunday before I was to go to surgery, my Pastor anointed me with oil, and several people prayed with me. I felt peace about the whole situation. That week I had several appointments to keep. Several people knew I was having surgery and said they would pray for me (especially when they found out I was a rookie). I have Christian e-mail buddies who knew of my upcoming surgery, and they all offered to pray for me that day.
The big day came. I was sure I would be scared and very nervous. As we were preparing to leave home, I heard about an accident that had become a traffic jam on the road that would lead me to my hospital. Instead of fretting about the surgery I now had to fret about getting there on time. Upon arriving at the hospital my nerves began to jump around somewhat. Once I got to the surgical floor, all the nurses treated me like royalty. As I lay in my bed waiting for things to start happening I was getting a little more nervous. On TV they have a channel that is suppose to reduce stress and the tension. I turned it on. What I saw was God’s beautiful creation. There were scenes of mountains, oceans, wildlife and many other things. I could sense God’s presence envelope me. I also realized as I lay there, there was nothing to fear. I had so many Christian friends praying for me. I also remembered the number of frogs I have collected and their true meaning. All I had to do was to “Fully Rely On God” to take care of me. A peace came over me. I realized I was going to be okay. Even if something unusual happened and I didn’t make it, I still would be OK because I would wake up in heaven.
As I woke up in recovery I was ecstatic, surgery was over and I had made it. I asked the nurse taking care of me two questions then it was lights out again. I could rest in peace knowing it was all over for me.
Several years have passed since my “first” surgery. I am still amazed I did not freak out. I know why I didn’t. I did what I have told so many people and my children to
do on several occasions. Something so simple, it sounds too easy. Have people pray for the situation you are going through and then put your faith and trust in God. Then forget about the situation. That is what I did. I allowed God to envelope me with His love through so many prayers from family and friends. I “fully relied on God” to take care of the situation. I placed my life in His hands then I went on.
I hope I never need to have another surgery, but if I do I know it will be OK. I am no longer terrified of needles, IVs, shots and pain. I have even donated blood at blood drives. Something I have always wanted to do, but never have had the nerve. Now I go in like an old pro. No big deal when you know you are doing something to help someone else.
The next time you are terrified of something you have to go through or of something you are now going through, remember to call someone, a friend, your pastor, and include your church so they can pray for you. Call and ask as many friends as you can to pray for you, then buy a frog to keep near you. Every time you look at the frog remember to “fully rely on God” and then do just that. Put your faith and trust in Him. You will receive strength, courage, power, and peace to see you through. It is a most wonderful feeling. The peace is like something you have never experienced before. It is the kind of peace that passes all understanding. It's the kind of peace that gives you strength and courage to get through what is ahead of you. Now, go schedule that surgery or do that task that you haven't wanted to do. Before you do ask others to pray for you as you go do what you need to do. Then sit back and remember to “Fully Rely On God”!
“When I am afraid I will trust You. I praise God for His word.
I trust God, so I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?
Dear Lord, Thank you, Father, for not leaving us or forsaking us in our time of need. We give You praise for those people You send to help us in our time of need. We ask that You bless those prayer warriors who take the time to remember us and lift us up in prayer. As we put our trust in You help us to move beyond that trust and learn to fully rely on You to meet our needs. We honor You and give You praise and glory for all You are doing in our lives. Amen.