Scripture: I Corinthians 10:13 (Message)
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
The calendar just flipped to December. Thank you Jesus! Momma said there’d be days like this, not months like this! I started November with major reconstructive shoulder surgery. Three major tendons were either ripped and frayed and needed to be repaired and reattached to the bone. Plus, the surgeon had to smooth out the rotator cuff and insert some cow cartilage to stabilize things. Now I know why I have had this insatiable craving for milk. I now have three titanium anchors in my shoulder. Wonder how I’ll make it through airport security? After a year plus of pain I’m glad to have finally gotten this surgery behind me but let me say, that even as a pretty skilled ambidextrous, living as a one-armed person in a two-armed world is fraught with challenges. Can’t wait for joyful rehab process to begin sometime after Christmas.
So as I’m healing up from the surgery, BOOM! I get nailed with the virus. Here are some of my symptoms: intermittent chills and fever, chronic fatigue. I’ll feel ok one moment and then the bottom just drops out. I also have a little bit of loss of taste and smell. Not bad all things considered.
A few things I’m learning during this down time.
(1) Patience. Although I know that biblically speaking patience is a virtue and a “fruit of the Spirit” I still think God designed it for slow people, not for me LOL. I am by far the most “impatient patient” so please pray for me because God does his best work on us, and in us, when we are patient.
(2) Respect. This surgery has shown me that it’s not just about the surgery itself but everything surrounding it, all the prep, pre-work, testing, MRIs, X-rays, medications, clearances, insurance stuff, etc.,… I have never spent so much time running around to doctor offices and medical appointments. I think all that wore me out even before the surgery. But its taught me respect, huge respect for the medical professionals and also for those with chronic issues. I don’t know how they do it? My respect and prayers for them has grown exponentially. Respect Five!
(3) God’s Nearness. We all know that God will never leave or forsake us, let anything separate us from his love, or snatch us from the palm of his hand. That he indeed is the Emmanuel “With God” of Isaiah 7:14. But when you head into the “Valley of Surgery and Recovery” you experience his presence more, or, better put, become more aware of it. I guess it’s all about focus and this past month I have felt closer to God than I have in a long time. He’s there, we just go to reach out and grab him!
So as each of us continue to deal with our unique and specific challenges, remember to keep your sunny side up and your bottoms dry. I love you and there is nothing you can do about it. God is good and the future is bright.