For those that don’t know, I just had a hernia surgery last week. When I went to the doctors, they had said the hernia was on my right side, even though I kept telling them I was having pain on my left side. The doctor said they ‘d send in a little camera and see if they could find anything while I was out.
Long story story, I did have a hernia on my right side, but on my left side there wasn’t one. They did find however that somehow my small intestines got “displaced and all out of whack” and that’s what was causing the pain.
Aside from the surgery though, while recovering I was obviously sore. I couldn’t even lift Jonathan without hurting! In fact, it was so bad, that at one point, I had to have Erin open a new bottle of apple juice for me because I couldn’t turn with enough strength to get it open. While she did struggle a little with it (it was on tight!), she was able to manage to open it for me. I told her I would blog on how I was so weak that I had to have her open my apple juice for me.
Erin, my buff wife, full of power, able to open the toughest apple juices in our kitchen. I thought about that a little more last night- how often do we need to rely on someone else because we don’t have the capability of doing something on our own. Our very walk with God is centered around that whole theme of relying on God for strength. Every thing we do, we rely on God to provide strength for us when we don’t have the strength to do it on our own.
Psalm 28:7 says “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me…” If I didn’t trust Erin, I wouldn’t have asked her to help me open the juice. But here’s where I got thinking. As common of a concept as it is for us to trust for strength, especially when we don’t have it on our own, the second part of that verse is what really got me thinking: “…My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”
See after Erin opened the juice for me, I was excited because I could drink my juice. Since I had a sore throat also at the time, it made it even more special to me. I can think of time and time again growing up where I’ve heard pastor after pastor, camp counselors, youth leaders, etc. talk about trusting in God for strength. But rarely do I remember hearing things like praise Him for it after.
Don’t neglect praising God today. He will give you strength, even if it’s for something as small as opening an apple juice. But, do your part as well and don’t forget to allow your heart to leap for joy and sing praises to Him. After all, He is worthy of our praise!
Be blessed, be a blessing