Time…Life doesn’t usually go as planned. At least from our perspective. Ever noticed that? What do you do when things don’t go as planned? Do you fight it? Get angry about it? Complain to others, or take it out on those around you? Do you talk to others about it more than you pray to God about it? I have had quite a few of those not so timely interruptions over the last year. Strange health issues, falls, and the repercussions of all of them. But… when I think about this last year, my life isn’t really any different from anyone else. We all have them…those times we wish we didn’t have to experience.
Just this week, after some hard weeks have passed, I got some good news and some not so good news. I had some swelling in my left hand from a fall where my left side and my nose took the hit. The swelling caused me to need my wedding ring cut off. I have worked in jewelry and it is hard to see a beautiful ring have to go through a cutting process. You see, if you don’t have the right people doing that work, you can cause damage to the ring and to the diamonds it holds. What will happen? It will loosen the settings as the ring is stretched in order to go over the finger after being cut off. So it worried me a little to have it done. But I found a great jeweler locally, and he did a great job!
I then went into the Doctor to go over my hand X-ray. That good and bad news? The X-ray showed no broken bones. The good news. The bad news, other than not being able to wear my ring, was that it was a pulled ligament between my ring finger and my middle finger. That type of injury is a very long healing process; six months to be exact. That’s a long time. It is best to elevate the hand when possible, and I can ice it if I want to, should it be painful. Wow! Six months! He told me I have to be patient. If I try to hurry the process, then I will just cause more problems and my healing will take even longer.
Isn’t that like our lives sometimes? We want to hurry through uncomfortable times in our lives, so we can get back to life as we want it to be. But when we don’t have patience for the process, we can take short cuts, hurry the process, or even get angry about it, and then we do more harm to the situation than if we are patient. If we DO trust God with the process, then our faith can grow, be stretched and strengthened. We don’t have to stand on our strengthen at all, but we stand on His strength. He is the rock on which we stand. I have to take care of my hand or I will see permanent damage and pain that will go up my wrist and arm. In the last couple of days, it has gone down significantly because I am doing what the Doctor told me to do. The same thing will happen when we lean on God for our needs in those hard times. We do what He wants for us to do, we will see right changes.
So when it comes to my life, will I allow God the time to work on the issues going on in my life? Or, will I get impatient and try to do something myself? The latter is never good. I need to depend on God to lead. If I had tried to cut the ring off myself, I could have caused more damage to the ring. If I didn’t cut the ring off, I could have done some nerve damage in my hand. If I don’t listen to what I need to do to heal, I will cause further damage to my hand. Our lives can be like that. If we aren’t willing to surrender those hard times to the only person who has the answers, then we just struggle along trying to fix it ourselves. I have come to know that God is big enough for anything I have going on. He already knows. There may be a lesson in the midst of it that I need to learn. Ok. I’m willing. I trust Him. I will do what is necessary and be patient with my process, knowing I will come out the other side with much better understanding and a healthy life. I will trust the process.
Until next time…