Next Wednesday, I face another opportunity to experience God's peace that "surpasses all understanding," as I trust Him and my plastic surgeon who will do a third post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery.
I share this not for attention or sympathy, but in anticipation of what I know will be a blessing, whether or not the outcome of the surgery is all that I hope it will be.
My plastic surgeon is an amazing doctor who I trust completely, because I know that he trusts God first and foremost above his own giftedness and skill as a surgeon. We share a mutual faith that God is in control and that it is He who is the great physician and ultimate healer.
Am I worried about the 3 hour surgery and 12 week recovery? Not all all. Not because I am incredibly brave or clueless about what's ahead, but because I look ahead with faith that just like the previous 6 breast cancer related surgeries since 2009, God's plan is for "good," even if things don't always go the way I think they should go. I have learned through the years that being anxious, worrying "and trying to do everything myself" doesn't change a thing, it just robs me of God's blessed peace.
In reflecting on this past Easter season, I was once again reminded that God's "resurrection power" is in me, because I have given up control and accepted His gift of eternal life and indwelling peace, so what's there to worry about? Nothing at all!!!
How about you? Who or what is controlling your life? Are you a worrier - distressed and depressed? Are you trying to do "everything yourself?" Won't you join me in giving up control in exchange for God's peace?
At peace and allowing God to be in control,
Angie "a mom like you"