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What Surgery Taught Me About Trusting God

Last week I had surgery. Hernia surgery is nothing major, but it was enough to put me out of commission for a few days. The doctor told me not to lift anything greater than 10 pounds for two weeks. That was unfathomable for a guy like me who is physically active. I would not be able to go to the gym for a while and I would have to get lots of rest.

I tried to make the most of the situation. I watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time (I know—hard to believe), did some reading, and actually got some rest. But I became increasingly frustrated by my pain, swelling and limited mobility. Simple tasks—such as getting into bed and climbing stairs—were difficult.

I have encountered much more difficult situations than surgery, but this experience has certainly taught me some things about trusting God.

1.       Dependence. I do not normally like asking people for help. But when bending over to put on socks is troublesome I have to ask others for help.  Trusting in God means letting him take control of my life—no matter where he leads me. This is scary, since I don’t know what God has in store for me. But trusting in him gives me a sense of security and peace that I would not have otherwise.

2.       Patience. Recovering from surgery is a slow process. I don’t like waiting for my body to repair itself; I want to be healed instantaneously. I want to run right now! This experience is teaching me to be more patient with God’s timing. Even when I think I know what must change in any given situation to improve things, God is showing me that having patience in him is always the best option—even if it seems counterintuitive.

3.       Assurance. Although I had an excellent physician, my surgery sometimes causes strange physical sensations. However, I realize these are perfectly normal and will subside over time. If I ever doubt God’s involvement in my life, I just remember all the times he has taken care of me and my fears are relieved. I have assurance and faith in God because he is the Great Physician!


“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

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