Yesterday I asked about what you missed, things like when was the last time you danced? Today, I wonder about the other side; now that you have a new life, are you on a new journey? If so, where does i t lead? Why are you on this new road? How are you doing without a GPS?
Not long ago, someone told me that is was good I was around. It was one of those back handed compliments you sometimes get. It could be said another way, “I’m so glad you’re an invalid and can’t work”. Actually, it was my teenage daughter, so I really did look past it. Funny enough though, she isn’t the only one who has said that over the years. After my surgery, I needed to walk up to two miles a day. Instead of walking aimlessly through the neighborhood, I instead spend time directing traffic at my youngest daughter’s school when they break for the day. One day a lady asked, “Look, I see you with your cane and the way you walk; may I ask you if it’s your back or you leg?” Once we talked, it turned out that her blue collar husband was also down with back pain and was in a bad way. He and I spoke on the phone, shared some experiences and I mentioned my surgeon. In mid-February, he’ll be having surgery also. Now it probably will not be a cure, but because it gives hope and just the possibility of a better life he’s ready for it. Some days after they made the surgery appointment, his wife told me, “I truly believe you are here for a reason.” That’s just one story of many, mostly for family, that have been made possible because I can’t do anything else.
On those days when I want to throw my pity party, when I feel like I can’t do anything but lay here and feel pain; those are the times I have to realize that I’m simply in a pit stop of this new journey. I do have an impact, or rather God seems to be able to use me in spite of myself. How about you? Do you see your journey? Do others help you to remember that you are worthwhile? Are you stuck in a pit stop. or are you on the road? Do you see God using you in your pain?