I walked into his room at the care center. I knew he was in his 20’s and that he had cystic fibrosis and that he had lived in the care center for about 6 months. I knew his name but not much else about this young man. As I opened the curtain and announced my presence, I was shocked to see all of the frog images in his room. He had posters of frogs, pictures of frogs, statues of frogs, stuffed toys that were frogs. Everywhere I looked, there were frogs! I thought this might be a good way to begin our conversation, so I asked him, “Why frogs?” “Did you live on a farm and raise them in your pond?” He looked at me – bemused – and said, “You’re the pastor and you don’t know what FROG stands for?” I admitted he had stumped me. He replied, “FROG stands for Fully Rely on God.” He added, “When you have cystic fibrosis, you have to fully rely on God – every single day.” I learned a lot that day. Every time I see a frog – picture, poster, statue, whatever, I smile as I remember and give thanks to God for allowing me to get to know him and hear about his “every day faith.”
So, how do we fully rely on God? Would you fully rely on God in circumstances that make you vulnerable? I ask myself these questions every day. In my first blog, I indicated that even though I am a pastor, I worry. I shared that I worry about my health, which causes more health issues. I have a rare artery of the brain disease called Moyamoya. No, it isn’t a Hawaiian drink. It is a unique disease that caused seizure disorders, 2 strokes, and 28 TIA’s (“mini-strokes”) over the course of 5 years before I was “officially diagnosed.” Most people would say I have every right to worry. So, sometimes I do worry. Most of the time, however, I apply the FROG principle! The FROG principle opened my heart and mind to the potential I had in Jesus. I began a lifetime journey of prayer. What about you? Has prayer played a part in your life? Can you identify with the FROG principle? I’ll tell you more about my story in upcoming weekly blogs. Remember, I will pray with you and for you, if you would like me to do so.
Rev. Bev Hall, pastor of Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church, Middleburg Heights, OH