SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2009
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.
Of all the texts that I was ready to hear today, this fits the bill completely. There is nothing like a stay in hospital to make you feel terrible even though the physical statistics are encouraging—a practical case of believing facts over feelings. I have to state why there were times of discouragement while I was there. The beds are uncomfortable, the chairs were hardly made for patients to sit in; and the hospital gowns are restrictive to movement and catch on everything. This added to the frequent pokes, jabs and checks at all hours of the day and night just make matters worse. Hospitals are built to serve the efficiency of the system, not the comfort of the patient. A great environment for learning to wait on the Lord!
However, this does not extend to the staff that work at the hospital. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of student nurses that I met in the few days I was in the hospital; it bodes well for a new crop of nurses for the future. Despite their obvious need to impress their supervisors, I really felt their personal dedication and care.
All this to say that I am overjoyed to be picked up by my dedicated and lovely wife Ann and be whisked home to an environment far more conducive to getting better; if only because I feel a hundred percent better already! Still a way to go yet, but I definitely feel that it is mostly downhill from here. Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers.