Celebrating

I posted this blog entry on my birthday last year. Still makes me smile to read it. Hope you don’t mind seeing it again!

It was on a July 19th more than a few years ago that a little girl was born. She came on her due date. And she’s been punctual ever since. God knew all about her, even before that summer night in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Psalm 139:15

And on that night, as she was taking her first breaths and meeting her parents and the world for the first time, God already had all her days planned.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16 NLT

God was there as she took her first steps, said her first words and most importantly of all, when as a child, she knew she needed Jesus in her heart.

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 NLT

God was there as she grew up, went to elementary school, middle school, high school, Bible college, nursing school. And all through those years, He continued to unfold a plan for her life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

He was there when life didn’t turn out the way she thought it would, the way it seemed to be turning out for almost everyone else. But He gave her a new hope and a new word – Anticipatience.

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25 ESV

And so now, many years later, that little girl is all grown up, living in Florida, working as a nurse, still believing, and realizing how dependent she is on her Lord. There have been joys and sorrows and blessings and adventures and everything in between.

And God has been there for all of it. And I think that God is celebrating with her today on her birthday. He had a plan for her life.

He has a plan for her life.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Patient

I took a vacation from being a nurse. And became a patient along the way.

I’m on my break from my job as the nurse at school. And I’m on crutches, which has made my vacation a very interesting one, and not the one I had planned.

crutches

Not sure what I’ve done to my knee, and the doctor doesn’t seem to know either. But it has necessitated a very abbreviated version of the activities I had all laid out for my time off. I’ve written quite a few blogs (and a book) in the past about waiting and patience, but I didn’t think I’d be applying it to a mystery knee condition. The best guess diagnosis is one that says that it will improve with “avoiding the activities which cause discomfort”.

That’s walking in my case.

So I’ve been hobbling around, having to put my pride on the back burner, asking others to get me things or slow down or open doors or not pay attention to my winces and sighs.

It’s been an interesting and eye-opening experience to be the one who needs the care, instead of being the one who usually gives it. And it’s been yet another lesson in realizing things are not going to get better on my time schedule. This is a situation which apparently needs…time.

And I can’t fight that. I need to do what I’m told, and not try to rush ahead. Part of me wants to tell God I’ve spent my life learning that lesson, but apparently there are lessons which require what we call in professional circles, “continuing education”.

It’s OK. It could be worse. And there is a small part of me that’s actually grateful for the experience of being on the other side of the medical fence. Sometimes it’s beneficial to learn life lessons in a new, unexpected and sometimes entertaining way.

Maybe there’s a reason why we need to be called “patients”. Patience?

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; Colossians 1:11

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31