To start the school year, I'm learning how to manage day to day with a knee that has more things torn and damaged than not. I've become quite an expert of the anatomy of the knee, learning all sorts of new vocabulary such as medial, lateral, posterior and contusion. After looking at the mysterious images produced by the MRI, I now also understand why a person must be highly trained in radiology!
Not only am I learning, I'm also teaching. My children are ever watching, always listening, seeing how I respond to trying times. Am I teaching them that it's okay to self pity, or that it's justifiable to speak sharply because I'm hurting and frustrated? Or am I teaching them to press on, trust the Lord's timing, and to wait patiently and graciously. That's been the hardest for me so far. Wait to see the doctor, wait on the insurance company, wait on the MRI, wait on the results of the MRI, wait on surgery, wait on healing.
So I encourage you, sweet friend, to persevere in your trying times, whatever they may be. Financial difficulties, strained relationships, challenging children, physical ailments, or even a new season in life. The Lord is doing a good work both in you, and through you!