Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. 8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its
leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
At the end of each year I look to the idea and the practice of a new year’s resolution. This past
December I really never did get around to thinking up some way to improve myself or my approach to
life. On December 19th and 20th, Sandi, Seth and I were at the Mayo Clinic for tests and a meeting with
my cardiologist and surgeon to determine open heart surgery was needed. As most of you know, that
surgery took place onJanuary 4th. I continue to recover from a surgery that included a triple bypass,
aortic valve replacement, and the replacement of a section of my aorta. My point is not to rehash the
ordeal I have undergone, but rather to make the point that sometimes new year’s resolutions are
determined for you.
As someone who typically has eaten well in most occasions of life, I now find myself even more
regimented in my eating habits (less pie). I also find myself entering into a cardiac rehabilitation
program that I have always felt was inadequate to my exercise needs and desires. Each of these new year’s resolutions have not been of my own choosing and had been forced upon me as a result of open heart surgery with changes to my life style, that I will need to adopt and accept.
Thanks to Emma Stille and her choosing scripture for her dad’s celebration of life service the last week in December. Jeremiah 17:7 became my surgery verse that gave me perspective and strength while
simply trusting God during this whole ordeal. As a part of this writing, I have also included verse 8 because it offers the promise of God when we simply trust and humble ourselves before His feet. When
we trust, even in the most difficult times of our lives, God stands with us, making us stronger and
guiding us on the path through His kingdom. When I was finally able to fully embrace the call God
placed on my heart through this writing in the book of Jeremiah, I knew God has so much more for
me to do in ministry and in life.
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, they shall stand as a tree planted by water, with no fear of what is to come.”
Thank you for standing beside me and my family during this call to trust; your care and prayers have meant more than you will ever know.
Peace in Christ,