1) So I just had my pre-op appointment for my back surgery. Let’s face it, it was never going to be all that encouraging, but hearing about all the possible bad stuff, how long I’ll be in hospital, how much I can (or rather can’t move) etc = not great.
But in all this I just want to give glory to God!
I have now been off work for 4 weeks, mostly lying on my back and in a fair bit of pain. However in all that I’ve felt so peaceful, so covered in prayer, I have felt so close to God and had so much time to pray and worship and seek him, to read, to rest. When else would I have had so much time to do all this!? The bible says God works in all things for good (Rom 8:28), and I really feel that right now. In fact I actually feel blessed in all this, despite the pain! How good is God that I can feel that despite the situation?
2) And 2 – is a big THANK YOU!
I just want to say a massive massive thank you to everyone.
Whether you have cooked us a meal, brought me flowers or sent a card, been to visit, prayed for me, lent me DVDs, helped with the kids, done school runs, texted me, Facebooked me, heck even tweeted me… Thank you! I was praying yesterday and thinking about where is Jesus in all this? And I felt he was saying:
I am there.
I am there in the neighbour who has brought you food.
I am there in the delivery driver who has asked after you each time he has delivered something.
I am there in the neighbour who has organised you a food rota.
I am there in the kids working together.
I am there in your Parish Priest bringing you communion.
I am there in your husband picking up all the pieces (in sickness and in health).
I am there in the friend who has picked up your kids.
I am there in your family helping out all over the place.
I am there…
Receive my love.
And I do feel loved. Not just be Jesus, but by all of you…
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’