“…do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
(John 20: 27b)
After years of pain, some months ago through prayerful discernment I decided to go forward with total hip replacement. At first I was hoping that if I just strengthened the muscles in my leg I would be able compensate for the chronic hip pain. It became apparent months later that physical therapy would not be enough.
“O Lord, I will trust in you! (Ps. 55:24c)
I initially struggled with the decision to replace a part of my body that God had given to me, but I eventually found peace with the decision. I prayed in thanksgiving that God had given the knowledge and understanding to my doctor to perform this surgery. I thought about those soldiers severely wounded in combat in need of new limbs and I gave thanks for them. I thought about those injured in accidents that needed a new hip and I gave thanks.
“Splendor and majesty go before him;
praise and joy are in his holy place.” (1 Chr.16:27)
I have simply been blessed by those who came before me in need of this prosthesis surgery. I have also been blessed because I had information about an awesome surgeon who saw the value in keeping up with the latest surgical procedures. I give thanks for his talent and dedication.
The timing of my surgery, right after Easter Sunday, is highlighting the Resurrection for me. Jesus came that we might have life everlasting, that we might live to the fullest our call. For me the success of this surgery has been a tiny splinter of the resurrection. I have been healed and given a new life without hip pain and hindered mobility.
I rejoice in the Lord!
In times like this you have the opportunity to be touched by prayers and nourished by those who prepare food for you. I would also like to express how wonderful and attentive my husband has been to me during this time of recovery.
I invite you to look for the little resurrections in your own life and give thanks for them.
You do know that you have the power to choose? I don’t mean like choosing what to wear to work or when to eat. I mean choosing important things like what your reaction will be to any given situation.
Since I seem to to fixated on lemonade these days, people have asked me about the lemon seeds. You decide how to view the “seeds” in your life just as you choose the ingredients for your Lemonade Day.
No two days are alike- you are the unique ingredient, the recipe developer. How do you look at the “seeds” in your life? What do you consider the seeds to be. Is it an illness, an misunderstanding with your best friend, a lost job, a broken marriage, an addiction? I am sure you each could fill in the blank with many more things you think are seeds.
In making fresh homemade lemonade I would certainly discard the seeds without giving them a second thought, but without the seeds there would be no lemon. Without the lemon there could be no lemonade. What do you do with the seeds in your life? As we all know, a seed when planted can bring forth new life. One small seed contains an abundance of life. One small lemon seed can grow into a tree producing many more lemons and seeds. Perhaps we need to closely examine the seeds in our life and open ourselves up to their potential for more. Sometimes we unknowingly collect these seeds in our life and carry them around as extra baggage never realizing their hidden beauty. Maybe we live under the weight of our lemon seeds because we never realized that we could use them for new lemon trees. New lemon trees producing bright yellow lemons waiting to release their juice for refreshing lemonade. Imagine how different your life could be IF you planted more of your lemon seeds. Imagine the vast grove of lemon trees you could personally be responsible for as the planter of your seeds.
I challenge you to risk considering what your lemon seeds could produce if you just let them. Slicing lemons for my “Sassy” water gives me a chance to appreciate the possibilities of my “lemon seeds”. The possibility of what might be.
Make It a Lemonade Day! Squeeze out every drop of flavor!
Sharon for Faith Twins