A Doctor’s Prescription for “Rest and Love”…for Us!

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 in Faith | 69 comments

Laurie GeiszI had just gotten home from the gym and was drinking my protein shake in the kitchen when I heard a faint cry. It wasn’t abnormal to hear my dogs voice their desire to emerge from their crates once I arrived home, but something about this cry was different. I went over to let my three darlings out, and when I opened Pebbles’ little door I was shocked to find her unable to use her hind legs and, even worse, panting profusely. I knew she needed care from a doctor immediately.

At just after 7 a.m., I was thankful God provided a veterinarian whose office was open…and less than five minutes away. After a blur of questions, my daughter and I were told Pebbles’ panting was an expression of the extreme pain she was experiencing…her heart rate was 180 when it should have been 110. The sudden onset of paralysis was most likely a neurological problem to which she was predisposed, being half-dachshund. The doctor gave us several options for Pebbles’ care—his most recommended being surgery in Denver, about an hour and a half away. This doctor (not our own but very knowledgeable) stressed Pebbles’ condition was probably time sensitive, i.e. the longer we waited to act on her behalf, the greater chance my three-year-old, otherwise healthy Pebbles would have of permanently losing use of her hind legs. The doctor left the room, kindly giving me time to think. I told my daughter Chelsey I needed to pray.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” kept coming to mind (Psalm 27:14). I knew “take heart” means “have courage,” but WHY would God tell me to wait when it seemed I needed to hurry with a decision—and when sweet Pebbles’ LEGS were at stake? I didn’t know, I told Chelsey, but I felt sure those were God’s words to me. With Pebbles’ heart rate down from the medicine she’d been given, I released my “baby” into the doctor’s care for the next 48 hours.

When I returned home, I cried into my Bible…the hallowed resting place for my head whose pages have absorbed my tears many times before. Surprisingly soon I learned why God had instructed me to wait. He was directing me to call the surgeon in Denver and our own doctor in town for additional opinions. Only minutes later, while speaking with our nurse, I think I may have been listening to an angel sent from God—and I don’t say that flippantly. I had pleaded to God for illumination, and He graciously shone His light through this nurse’s wisdom.

Within hours—and within our city—Pebbles had “a giant herniated disc” removed and was given an   85-90% chance of walking again within six to eight weeks. In addition to thrice-a-day pain killers and twice-a-day steroids, the surgeon said Pebbles would need “rest and love” for at least a month. A doctor’s prescription for rest and love…it made me smile. Who wouldn’t want that?! Um, Doctor, (especially after this day) would you please write the same prescription for me?

But as I’ve cared for Pebbles these last two weeks, I’ve realized my Great Physician already has prescribed this “medicine” for me—for ALL who seek His care and healing—in the greatest love letter ever written. From Genesis to Revelation and countless times in between, God encourages us to rest and be refreshed in His love—but it’s up to us to follow His example and instruction (see Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20:8-11). In John’s vision, after God provides a new home for us, Jesus invites us to “Come!” and be fully satisfied (see Revelation 21-22:17). FULLY. The goodness and restfulness of this love is beyond any words I know (see 1 Corinthians 2:9).

As we start a new year, typically focused on the many things we are going to DO—hopefully better than we DID last year—I pray we keep in mind and take to heart God’s desire for us to rest in His love. This may look different for every one of us, but like the fruit of many disciplines in our spiritual and physical fitness, the rewards and blessings will be realized over time. As Pebbles‘ little thighs are growing stronger and her incision is healing, her fluffy curly-Q tail has lifted up and started wagging! There is JOY to be found when we follow “Doctor’s orders!”

Blessings of refreshment and renewal to YOU in 2012!


  1. Thanks for sharing such an encouraging story, Laurie. Sometimes, in our biggest moments of discouragement and worry, it’s hard to make prayer your first reaction and refuge – simply out of our human nature. Your prayer and faith are truly inspiring.

    I’d love to talk to you more about your writing. I work for FaithVillage.com, a social network for faith experiences. In FaithVillage, your blog could be reposted for more people to see and read your story.

    I’ll find you on Twitter too. I’m at @amberdobecka. Hope to hear from you soon. Blessings!


    • Hi Amber! Thanks so much for writing… I truly appreciate your words and encouragement. I received your other message as well and will be in touch! Blessings to you, too:) ~ Laurie
      P.S. Pebbles is doing GREAT!

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