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Annandale United Methodist
Monday, January 20, 2020
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast


By now most of you have heard that I needed to have surgery for a detached retina in my right eye. So, of course, this article will share some of the wisdom I have gained from that experience. Maybe they can help all of us focus, as stuff happens in our lives.

 1.       When unexpected things happen, try not to panic. At a scheduled eye appointment on Aug. 20, the Dr. discovered that my retina (inner lining of the eye) had detached from the back of the eye. Right away they contacted a specialist, got an appointment for the next day, and told me not to eat or drink anything, as I would be having surgery right away. That sounded serious.


2.       Patience is a fruit of the spirit. The surgeon and his team were great. At the appointment they discovered the problem, planned the treatment, and shared with me that I wouldn’t have surgery until the next day, and that the surgery would be at Phillips Eye Hospital in Minneapolis. They even had to get a waiver from the insurance company, as Phillips was “out of network.” It all took some time, and waiting an extra day wasn’t what I expected, so I got the chance to practice a little patience.


3.       Trust, there are things that are just out of our control. From the moment we arrived at the hospital we were following the instructions given to us by the people who work there. We felt like we were in good hands. Especially on the operating table. When I get anxious I usually do one of two things, eat or talk too much. So, in the Operating Room, you can imagine, that as the team started to plan the procedure, I chimed right in with my two cents worth. At one point the Dr. looked at me and calmly said, “we need you to be still.” That calmed me down a bit, and reminded me that he is better at this stuff than I am.


4.       In life, there things unknown and there will be pain. Not just physical pain, but also the pain of loss and disappointment. (just to name a couple things.) The surgery turned out to be “beautiful”, as the surgeon put it. But we won’t know the final results for about a month. In the meantime, in order to hold the retina in place along the back side of the eye, they place a gas bubble in the eye. The gas will gradually dissipate over the next three weeks. Until then, I won’t be able to see out of my right eye. So, more chances to practice trust during the coming month.




1 Corinthians 13:12 has been on my mind ever since this all started. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” We don’t get to see everything in life the way God sees it. Faith and trust fill in those spots where our vision and understanding are lacking. 




In the same way that I am living an ongoing lesson, trusting the doctors and the whole process of healing, in life we get the opportunity to do the same. We plan and we hope and we strive throughout our lives, but none of us knows for sure what tomorrow holds for us. Hang onto the promise of Psalm 139:9 “If I could fly on the wings of dawn, stopping to rest only on the far side of the ocean – even there your hand would guide me, even there your strong hand would hold me tight.




Thank God who is our Creator, Savior, and Sustainer.


May Faith, Hope and Love abide, and the greatest of these is love.



Pastor Paul D. Baker