Back in 2016, I had emergency eye surgery in my right eye to prevent glaucoma from escalating. After this operation, my surgeon informed me of a cataract that would need to be addressed in the future. The initial goal was to wait a year then have cataract surgery. However, this got pushed back until yesterday or least that’s what I thought. When my blood pressure went from 130 over 80 Tuesday morning to 177 over 130 Thursday morning, God had a change of plans. This procedure that involved six months of planning was abruptly cancelled.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps, Proverbs 16:9.
The older I get, the more analytical I become, pondering the reason for this delay. Could I have died during this operation? Did God prevent an accident from occurring? Can God heal my eye supernaturally foregoing the need for this procedure? Or did God want me to become painfully aware of a more pressing health need in my life? As I ask these questions to God, I am still awaiting a clear response. Nonetheless, King Solomon prepared the nation of Israel by warning people of God’s ability to alter, change or redirect your path.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand, Proverbs 19:21.
Currently, I find myself perplexed, essentially placed on bed rest until my blood pressure returns to a more normal level. A few weeks before my senior year of college began, I broke my foot playing sand volleyball. Instead of enjoying the final weeks of summer, I laid in bed, elevating my foot to reduce the swelling. Five years ago a sledding accident resulted in 2 broken ribs and a collapsed lung, forced to take a medical leave of absence from work for five weeks. When God quickly changes your plans, it’s not fun. Yet, as I lie around in bed for a few days, I have time to reflect. As I do, this is God’s way of reintroducing me to his plans, not mine. Thus, I sit here quietly, listening intently and writing down for others in a blog what I am learning as I go through this tryin time in life.
by Jay Mankus