– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, I am ready to move on and write about something other than trying to recover from knee surgery, but there are still a couple of things I have learned during this time that have been helpful to me, and might also be of interest to you. So, here’s one, the next will soon follow.
Throughout the past two months, I have had to elevate my leg, ice my knee, exercise it, rest it after exercising, and get myself to physical therapy. After PT, I must start over with elevating, icing, resting, and later more exercising. Other than carrying out a few light tasks, I have accomplished next to nothing…it seems.
When the time came that I was no longer living under the fogginess of a regimen of pain pills, I felt nearly worthless, like a slug. But I think even slugs have a use, aren’t they sometimes used for bait? I could not stand doing next to nothing any longer, but what could I do? In my current situation, everything I had on my list seemed too daunting to tackle.
Finally, I just poured out my heart to God, asking how in the world do I deal with this? It is not like I am going to be over this tomorrow, or next week. Still wondering, I stopped what I considered ‘nagging’ God, and gazed through the front porch windows. There huge cotton ball clouds moved across a wide summer-blue sky over a field of wild growth. Inspired some by His creation, I returned to my ‘nagging.’ “Lord, just how do I cope?” It was then that these words came, “Do the next good thing – no matter how small.”
From where I sat I could see that my husband had forgotten to wipe up the kitchen counter. With cane in hand, I finished the after lunch cleanup. After that, I thought of someone who was in need of encouragement – wondering if I could fill such a role, I made the call, and found that I could. After that, I readied a birthday card for mailing. I could contribute, help out, make a difference…albeit in the tiniest of ways. Surprisingly with the completion of each small task, my heavy heart lightened. Could it be…that in God’s eyes, the seemingly insignificant things of life are not small at all?
Doing the next good thing – no matter how small is becoming a way of life. One which is filled with blessings, and not all of them small.
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
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