Cast your burden on the Lord [release it]and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).
Psalms 55:22 (AMP)
As I was wheeled into the theatre, the only prayer I said repeatedly in my heart was, “Lord, have your way“. These were the only words that made sense to me at that time. My husband called my mum to update her on my condition; he told her how we just found out about the ectopic pregnancy and the emergency surgery. On hearing the news, all my mum could say in frustration was, “Lord, why would you let this happen to this girl”. I wondered about the statement for some minutes and decided to focus my thoughts and faith in God; I realized that as His children, He carries us in the palm of His hands. I meditated on 1 Peter 5:7 –casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all]on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. Then I said to myself, “Lord, I’m still in Your hands no matter the outcome of the situation”.
While in the theatre, I asked God again for a successful surgery. The surgery took at least 3 hours, but it was successful. God worked through the doctors and did what only He can do. I don’t take what God did for granted; in my distress, I cried out to the Lord, I was left with no choice but to trust Him and He came through for me. The love I got from family, friends and the church gladdened my heart. I spent 4 days in the hospital with so much love. 6 months post-surgery, I worried about conceiving. I felt like my family was dropping hints about trying for a baby again. I started to worry and fear because everyone was scared of a possible delay in conception due to the surgery. Still, I trusted God; I gave it all to him.
In the month of June 2017, I joined the prayer challenge by TEC and the Hallelujah Challenge by Nathaniel Bassey. These prayer chains were my faith boosters to trust God. I held on to His words and in my prayer journal, I wrote down scriptures and confessed them daily. Once again, I let go and let God; I waited on Him in prayers. Guess what? God did it again – I conceived. When I found out, I was shocked and totally blown away. He confirmed His words in Ephesians 3:20. Our God did it! Just like that! He rested my worry and honoured His word. These challenges made me trust God completely and totally. He drew me closer to a point in my life where I had to let go and let God. I don’t take what God did for granted and encourage you not to allow situations overwhelm you; instead give it over to the one who knows tomorrow. The God who knew you even before you were formed in your mother’s womb said in Jeremiah 29:11 that His thoughts and plans towards us are for good not for evil, so learn to trust him completely.
If you have ever lost something or thought you lost something, please remember that you can trust God for restoration. He is ready to carry your burden. Just let go and let God.
Further study: Isaiah 61:7, Numbers 23:19.
Written by Kelechi Abiri