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    Are You Connected or Disconnected?

    Reverend Eddie Cabrera
    Eddie Cabrera serves as the pastor of Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Muscatine Living

    Just this past Nov. 20, I had surgery. Before this, I hadn’t spent a day in the hospital, so this was a totally different experience for me. I would like to share what I learned.

    The first thing I learned is trust. Do I trust this surgeon? I had the choice to make. So when it comes to faith or trust, I’m not talking about “blind” faith. A lot of people define trust that way, but don’t settle for that. The surgeon was someone who came highly recommended and I actually knew two people he did similar procedures for. I met him and consulted with him. Once I knew who he was and what he could do to help me, I signed up to move forward. You follow their instructions on how to prepare for the day. You have to put your life totally in the hands of the doctor and his nurses. I was under anesthesia, so I was out and had no say in where the surgeon made incisions or how the nurses aided him in the procedure.

    My life was in his hands, but I did not do that blindly or haphazardly. That is the thing about trust. You are not going to trust someone you don’t know or hasn’t been recommended by trustworthy people. Obviously, in emergency situations you don’t have time for any of that, but what is in your control is the choice you make.

    Now what about your relationship with God? Do you trust Him? I think this is where many of us have a “disconnect” with God. We don’t know Him well enough to talk with Him and ask for guidance, so we tend to ask others to pray for us because we really don’t know what to say.

    A long time ago I learned that “prayer is the opening of the heart to God as you would to a friend” (Steps to Christ, page 93). We don’t have to come with fancy words or add a “thou” or a “thee” here and there to persuade Him to care. We can know God and that can start today.

    If you have taken the step to open your Bible and pray, you will be given the assurance that God does care and that He loves you very much. Trust comes out of “connecting” with Him. I hope this article will help you where you are at. You may be disconnected or you may be feeling the need to reconnect. Either way, you have a choice to make, so I hope you won’t put it off like so many put off having surgery. I think you will be glad you did.

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