I have missed over 3 ½ months of work since early March. After trying to catch a lady who passed out grieving her brother, I’ve really never been the same. Doctors say I have a muscle tear and a bulge in my lower back. I’ve been through weeks of physical therapy and have already gotten three steroid shots in the past few months alone. Praise God, I have been released to return back to work at Amedisys Hospice this week.
For sure it’s been an unpredictable journey. We all would like to feel in control. To be confident of what lies ahead. The truth is we never know what tomorrow could bring. We never know what might happen with our job, our family, our health, and in this crazy world. For this reason, we all need to put together a plan and approach that works even when you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Here is my three fold plan moving forward.
1. TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME. Looking too far ahead can get you into a world of trouble. It’s like when a football team doesn’t take seriously the opponent in front of them. While they are looking ahead to another opponent they might lose the one they are playing that day. Things can change so much. Jesus tells us each day has enough trouble of it’s on. So, I plan to take one day at a time and seek to follow God’s leading moment by moment.
2. CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN. How often do we worry about things we can’t control. Doing this not only stresses us, but it accomplishes nothing. All I can do is what I can do. With the strength I have, the knowledge I’ve gained, and the opportunities God puts in front of me. I will do my best and trust God with the rest.
3. TRUST GOD WITH IT ALL. There is no sense in fooling ourselves. Apart from God’s help and divine intervention we can do nothing. Ultimately, I have to free fall into the arms of an all knowing, all powerful, and always there God. A God who is bigger than anything I will ever face. A God who can see clearly what is behind and ahead of me. I have to make the slogan that sits on every piece of U.S. currency more than just words. I have to determine in my heart, “In God I Will Trust.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)(NIV)