How to Trust God
11.1 My Story
In August of 2016, my wife Benita and I took a lengthy “bucket list” trip. In our forty plus years of marriage, she had never been to the northeastern USA. She had heard stories from my early teens when I lived in New England as a military brat. She also had never been to New York or the middle Atlantic states.
The trip wasn’t easy. Even with my wife’s terminal Melanoma cancer, her employer initially said no to her being off work for multiple weeks of vacation even though she had sufficient accrued vacation days. My day job also lacked compassion. We both found the situation frustrating as we had more days of leave accumulated than needed for the trip. Finally, both employers agreed to let us off work.
The trip required a small refrigerator for the car as her chemotherapy prescription medications needed refrigeration. The large lymphedema therapy machine had to be unloaded and loaded each day along with scheduling time for her to do an hour’s therapy per day.
Many days it would be as later as 10 AM before we were able to get checked out of our hotel. Most days we were checked into the hotel by 5 PM. When you drive those few hours in a day, it takes a long time to travel the over 2,200 miles from Dallas, Texas to Northern Maine.
Out lengthy trip included stops at cool places like Niagara Falls, and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory just outside of Burlington, Vermont. We visited university campuses like Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Bowdoin College, Brown, Yale, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee Universities, and their libraries. She saw where I attended junior high school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The State of Liberty and New York City, and Philadelphia were included on the agenda. We also went to Gettysburg, the Hershey Chocolate Factory, and all the Washington, DC sites.
We skipped the National Football League Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She said I could go back to those places after she was gone as she had no interest.
The journey ended back home attending a concert by her favorite singer, Kenny Rogers.
The trip was hard for her. She was so glad we made it. She told me she appreciated my patience. She knew I was up hours before her. I sat still patiently while she slept and rested. I also sat reading when she did the lymphedema therapy. She always had control of the television remote device in the hotel. The TV was never turned on when she was resting or asleep.
I got very tired of hauling the luggage, medicines, and medical equipment into and out of the hotels. I admit that. I couldn’t trust the bellhop at the hotels to treat the medical equipment with the tender loving care it needed. The only time I entrusted the machine to one, I found disconnected hoses and a power cable that had fallen off and were in the middle of the hallway.
The entire bucket list trip was an adventure in trusting God. What if we had trouble with her chemotherapy medications while 2,500 miles from home? We did, and God cut through the red tape to take care of it.
My attitude, trust in God, and love for my wife somehow allowed me to navigate the journey He had for my loved one and me. He’ll do the same for you.
11.2 Trusting God
Part of caring for a person with a chronic or terminal illness is trusting God. When dealing with a protracted disease, sometimes it is tough to maintain focus or have peace of mind.
The person battling the ailment often finds themselves dwelling on what is happening to them physically, fiscally, and wondering if they’ll even have a future. It can be hard.
As a caregiver, you may feel like all you do is manage schedules and provide taxi services. You find yourself longing for the good old days before the illness took over your life.
Isaiah 26:3 gives us hope as it tells us peace of mind is available. The way to peace is to focus on God, not your problem. It is to trust God. I’ll repeat it, trust God.
11.3 Bible Verse
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV), “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
11.4 What the Verse Means
The key word is trust. We have a requirement to trust God. Trusting in God, that is when our mind is focused on Him, not our troubles, allows us to be kept in God’s perfect peace.
11.5 Pray Using Scripture
- Heavenly Father help me to keep my mind steadfast on You.
- Thank You for the peace of mind that can only come from God.
- Lord Jesus, help me to take my refuge in You.
- God, I know You are the only hope my loved one has in battling her chronic illness.
11.6 Responding to God’s Hope
- Name one area where you need to let go and trust God.
- Are you thanking God daily for guiding you through the daily challenges? If not, do so now and every day.
- Are you genuinely trusting God? Ask God to help your unbelief and lack of trust in and for all things.
The key word is TRUST in God. Trusting in God allows us to be kept in perfect peace.
If you are not a Christian, accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior is a prerequisite to obtaining God’s peace.
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Photo Source: The photo was taken by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. The picture is of Benita Kepler with the Atlantic Ocean behind her. The photo’s date is Thursday, August 11, 2016. The location is Rye North Beach, New Hampshire. She is wearing her signature smile as well as compression lymphedema sleeve and gauntlet (glove). I always told her the gauntlet (glove) made her look like a rock star referencing Madonna’s fingerless glove look from the 1980s.
This blog is from the forthcoming book, “Caregiving: Biblical Insights from a Caregiver’s Journey by Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.
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