“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” – Psalm 20.7
I came across this verse recently in my quiet time and was challenged anew, especially in light of our little girl, Tikvah’s, diagnosis (“transposition of the great arteries”). See, it has been increasingly tempting for me to rest my hope in things other than the Lord. For example, the following is a list of things that I have been finding my hope wandering to lately:
- Success rate of the surgical procedure (“arterial switch”) that Tikvah will require after birth (95%-98% successful).
- Skill and experience of the surgeons, who will be operating on Tikvah’s heart (world-class physicians specialized in pediatric cardiology).
- Advanced technology and resources that have been made available to us in treating Tikvah (Childen’s Hospital of Los Angeles).
- Statistics of other children who have undergone the same procedure (overall, positive).
As much as I want to be encouraged by these things and as blessed as we are to be in a position to benefit from these things, I have to keep bringing my mind back to all that I know is true. I have to constantly remind myself that God is still God. He could choose to use these things to bring about Tikvah’s overall healing and health, or He could choose to cause any one of these things to falter. Either way, blessed be the name of the LORD. He is to be the supreme object of my hope. His name (i.e. unfailing character) and Word is to be the anchor that holds me during this storm … not the things of this world (as encouraging and inviting as they might be).
The Lord has been so faithful to teach me new truths about Himself in this trial, for which I am so grateful to be learning. He has been challenging and blessing me in ways that I did not anticipate. But, through it all thus far, He has been drawing me ever so close to Himself. For that sweet communion with my LORD, I would not change a thing about our present circumstance. He has sovereignly orchestrated this trial and I pray that I will continue to “trust in the name of the LORD,” despite how alluring other things might appear to be.