Buzzing the Nurse

“And to the one who trusts Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteous,” (Romans 4:4-5).

I spoke yesterday about my knee-shaking throat experience. Even though I didn’t know anything about throat procedures, I questioned whether or not my doctor knew what he was doing. He performed a procedure on my throat with no numbing medication at all; that just didn’t seem right.

Sometimes we do this with God. We question his way, his guidance, his authority. Instead of simply trusting His prescription for us, we wonder, “Does God really know what he’s doing?”

John Piper writes, “The difference between Uncle Sam and Jesus Christ is that Uncle Sam won’t enlist you in his service unless you’re well and Jesus Christ won’t enlist you unless you’re sick (see Mark 2:17). Christianity is fundamentally convalescence (pray without ceasing = Keep buzzing the nurse). Patients do not serve their physicians. They trust them for good prescriptions. The commands of the Bible are more like a doctor’s health prescription than an employer’s job description.”

When hardships arise, we must keep “buzzing the nurse,” as opposed to relying on the assumption we know more than the Great Physician…God.

He’ll always prescribe the best option.

He’ll always dispense the proper remedy.

His aim is to heal not to hurt.

When I returned to my doctor days later, he explained why he couldn’t use medication. The numbing medication would have closed my throat completely, making it impossible to swallow and breathe. That didn’t sound good. It made sense. He had my best interest at heart. He was there to heal not to inflict pain (even though he inflicted a lot of pain).

Just like the doctor, God knows what’s best. He has the perfect prescription for what ails us. Our job is to trust him, accept his plan, and follow like crazy… until we don’t feel sick anymore.

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6 Responses

04.03.12

Wow what an experience!!! Thank you for sharing I will be thinking on this all day I am sure!
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My goodness, Kelli. You have really been through it! I’m so sorry for the season of sickness you’ve endured, but I love your analogy – a great way to look at it. Hugs and prayers to you, my friend, as you recuperate from all this.
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04.03.12

I love the title and the message! You know, we must continuously give-up our vision to God’s vision, our help to His help, our ways to His ways. Yep! That’s the right and lasting prescription for a lovely life while on this earth! Our ways will have us bumping into walls and taking the wrong medication, non-stop. May your words continue to bless and keep those around you. ~Cynthia
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04.03.12

I knew when in my spirit that something was wrong but I didn’t know what it was. WOW! I am not sure how I would of handle that experience with the doctor not giving me medicine..but I love how you analogy the story because we do have to just trust God without asking questions and so today I say you set me straight on that one sis because I tend to ask God questions and my hubby told me this morning that I need to cut most of those questioning out that I ask God..That is going to be a challenge not to say I won’t be able to do it with His help but I’ve been asking God questions to almost anything that does not make sense to me…Often times God will say let go desi other times He will give me an answer then there are times He will say nothing. ANd I have to wait for His timing…Great post!
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04.03.12

Oh Kelli! I am so sorry you went through that. You are so right, we must trust God even when it seems difficult.
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04.03.12

I love this… “Our job is to trust him, accept his plan, and follow like crazy… until we don’t feel sick anymore.” Amen, love you!

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