The Lesson in the Middle
I wanted to dance when I heard the good news. I don’t need surgery!
When my doctor examined me last month, he suspected further care and sent me to a specialist in a city up north. I had to wait only two weeks to get in to see him. The specialist did not agree about surgery so I’m off the hook.
I learned an important lesson about my faith journey in the middle of the two-week period of waiting for my appointment to see the specialist.
I needed to be educated in medical knowledge and procedures so I could make a wise judgment for my future. A friend suggested a support group with other women so I could glean info. I joined. I listened to their experiences and gained understanding. I researched like crazy. I became smart.
I also became fearful and sometimes angry. I screamed at Baby, our spirited cockatiel, to shut up when he screeched too much and I noticed my husband spent more time in his man cave.
You know, I thought I was stronger than this. Put me in a group of emotional women--the word rhymes with “witchy”-- and they began to rub off on me. I thought I could keep their lousy attitudes separate from all the great practical wisdom they shared with me.
It didn’t work.
We needn’t flee worldly situations we’re temporarily placed in whether at work, family or relationships that are hard for a season. Sunday’s sermon, Standing in the Gap, taught me that a Christian’s calling is to pray, influence, and change the atmosphere.
I started to pray for the witchy women. Out of the blue, I heard one gal ask: “Do you think a bad attitude hinders healing of this malady?”
I remind myself if I’m the only follower of Christ in a room full of witches; I am still a majority because He is with me.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells me I am a new creation in Christ; the old has passed away. But I tell you, the old me pops up from time to time.
As always, I have a whole new appreciation for you, my on-line Christian friends as well as my in-person buds. You speak life into me. Sigh. It’s what people with hope do! I feel rich again. I’m in much better company!