Sunday, February 24, 2008
Rough road ahead
Tomorrow I have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to see how my foot is doing. After his evaluation on how I'm doing he will schedule the surgery. It's really hard to get around on only one foot, but that will be my life for the next 6 months or more, so I better get this figured out quickly!
We have already had some wonderful calls from our church family wanting to help, but for right now the pain is so bad I really don't want to see anyone yet and everyone seems to understand. We have such a loving community of believers, it's a real blessing to be part of this church.
As I sit here resting and thinking my thoughts have raced to all the things I was going to do this spring. But now I won't be able to do any of them....fence repair, lawn mowing, painting, motorcycle riding, just the normal stuff of life, and suddenly I face the reality that I will need to get help with those things. It's amazing what a moment in time and a little fall can do in our lives, but the encouraging thing to me is the church. We are so blessed as a church family. There is a real love for one another here that feels like a safety net when the rough roads come. (Many of the men have already offered to ride my motorcycle for me so the battery won't die....these are some very caring men! Thanks, guys!)
I know my little rough spot is nothing compared to many, but it's rough for me right now. When I hit a rough place my thoughts go to James. His words always encourage me during a time of difficulty.
James wrote, "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it."
I have seen the sign and know the road will be rough for a bit, but I am not on it alone. I have the family of God with me, caring for me and about me. It's during this part of the journey when the church really shines....