Several weeks ago I shared a little of what I’ve learned in the sickroom, and planned more lessons from this past year. However, still dealing with the chaos of mold remediation at home, I never made it back to my computer. Last Friday I experienced an abrupt alteration of my pathway–way more than a bump in the road. Right after DH left for work I tripped and fell on my left hip. I knew it was broken. Writhing in pain, I listened to DH’s car accelerate around the bend. Our golden retriever, Lily, licked my face and cried with me.
I spent the better part of the day in the ER, was admitted to the hospital and had surgery late Friday night to pin my hip back together. (In the x-ray, the pins look more like stakes to me!)
After several days filed with pain and nausea, I was transferred to the Comprehensive Rehab Unit for an estimated two or three weeks of physical and occupational therapy. (Translate: torture with smiles) I’ve struggled to find a medication that controls pain without making me nauseous to the point of immobilizing me.
I am working hard to regain the use of my left leg, no matter the pain.
What do you do when life throws you a sharp curve?
When you barely get up, and get knocked down again?
When you can’t even see the sky?
The only place I can go is to the one who loves me, who calls me by name, and who is there with me no matter what I encounter.
Who died to set me eternally free of this world of sin and death, disease and accidents.
The One who is Enough.
Sarah Young said it so beautifully in this excerpt from Jesus Calling.
In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness. However, I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me: placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself. You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places. You have learned to thank Me for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them I accomplish My best work. You have realized that needing Me is the key to knowing Me intimately, which is the gift above all gifts.
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
–Isaiah 58:11 ESV