In God We Trust?

Some people trust in chariots, others in horses; but we praise the Lord’s name. (Psalm 20:7, Common English Bible).

Several years ago, on a bright Saturday, November morning, I started noticing several spots in my vision. I started trying to figure out all of it. I would look through one eye and then the other. It didn’t take me long to see it was all in my left eye. I was also seeing occasional white flashes.

On Monday morning I called my opthamologist and made an appointment for later in the day. When he examined me, he called it vitreal separation. He said there was nothing to worry about, it was natural. The fluid in the eye starts to change as we get older. He said these “floaters” may or may not disappear but they should get better over the next several days.

They didn’t get better. When he examined me again, he found a small “horseshoe” tear in my left retina. I never figured out how I tore it.

He sent me to a retina specialist who examined me eye and said they had to do laser surgery to seal off the tear to keep it from tearing further. I have never had nerves before or since like I had that day. I have had life-threatening surgery that didn’t have me as worried as this surgery. I had full-confidence in my medical team but I could lose my vision in that eye and that scared me.

Everything went off like it was supposed to. I couldn’t see anything but a big green spot in my field of vision for a few days.

All this is to ask, do we really trust God or do we worry needlessly about what might happen?

We get all hot and bothered about any number of things. We get upset when there is a threat to the words, “In God We Trust” or when we hear talk of taking “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. And, we should be bothered by that. There is nothing wrong with having those feelings.

As a more practical matter, should we not be more concerned over the condition of our hearts? Over the past 20 years, each year things in our society seem to continue to deteriorate. We don’t treat each other well. Reasonable people should be able to discuss the things that are of importance. We need to get to the heart of the matter.

So the next time there is a threat on, “In God We Trust,” and “under God” from the pledge, we can take a moment or two to reflect on our own hearts to see if we are as committed to the meanings as we are to the representation each holds.


Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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