It’s been over a decade since stroke recovery was a new challenge. I had to listen to my doctors. I had to listen to my nurses. I had to listen to my caregivers. I had to listen to my wife. But there was another challenge for me that was as important. I had to trust my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Now I knew I was supposed to trust Him, but during a storm sometimes we forget that. The elements of the storm can sometimes prevent us from trusting Him. When I say trust, I mean absolute, unconditional trust. I had to relinquish control. I had to accept that the results of my recovery may not be what I wished for. Nonetheless, I had to trust Him. When I made the decision to wholly place my faith in Him, my recovery took off. To be clear while I placed my trust in God, I continued to work very hard in my recovery. I accepted the fact that I didn’t know what the results would be and put every available effort I had in my recovery. I attended rehabilitation three days a week for two hours a day, and when I left rehab I returned home and performed two additional hours. The other four days each week I performed two hours of rehab on my own. I listened diligently to the professionals who provided my care. In my view, they were God sent: listening to them was a part of my trusting Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.