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.

Blessings.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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