This was my Bible reading yesterday - along with a devotion from Oswald Chambers that was titled "Developing the Habit of Enjoying Adversity." Do you think God is trying to tell me something? As I pondered these verses in my bed, chair, and other chair - the 3 places that I spend my entire day recently, I realized that although I've moved past self pity, I am not anywhere near considering this trial "pure joy." So I prayed for help to see the joy in the situation. And this is what showed up at my door today - with my lovely neighbor, Jane - pure joy:
And then I thought about Mother's Day when this showed up at my bedside!!
Pure Joy again!
There is so much care and kindness delivered to our door each day - and when considering (obsessing over) what I've lost in mobility, I've failed to remember the blessings around me. God is teaching me dependence on others - something I've never thought I needed - but am beginning to appreciate. I HAVE depended on others, and just have conveniently forgotten or overlooked their contributions in light of my own capabilities. Nebuchadnezzar comes to mind - as he strolled about his rooftop and pronounced the enormity of his own achievements. At least I wasn't sent out to the fields. :) (Although my hair is getting kind of long....)
My new girls love me - but are surviving without my constant presence. My homeboys and girls have learned life skills and surprised me with their own competence in running a household. My husband is compassionate and only rarely annoyed with my constant demands. :)
Amazing how quickly God answers - and through something as simple as a cake. Thank you to my friends who act with the hands and heart of Jesus, and thank you family for your constant selfless care.