Wednesday April 8, 2009
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21.
This time in our lives and health is not the place of laughter and joy—at least not all the time. Mind you, we do see the funny side of things quite frequently, and that helps to keep us sane. As most of you will recall, we live a busy lifestyle; after all, we are still only in our early seventies, but to see us both now moving around as if we had one foot in the grave . . .
Ann had her surgery yesterday, and arrived home about 7.00 p.m. quite elated. The cause of her elation? On arrival in the operating room she was given a choice of general anaesthetic or an epidural (spinal injection) and she chose the latter; she was quite proud of herself. Way to go, Ann. The surgeon chatted away while fixing her toe, although she found the sound of the saw a little disturbing. This morning we were slow moving at first, but by noon Ann was walking (carefully) on the foot without even the support of a cane.
Fortunately, we have the option of doing only the necessary things, and resting when we need to. I have taken things easy this morning as I have to see my surgeon this afternoon. I felt good yesterday and as expected, not so good today. Healing is often two steps forward and one back; or overdoing it one day and paying for it the next. But overall, we both feel grateful for the pleasure of the returning strength we feel.
We both enjoy life the life God has graciously afforded us, and he has provided us with a full sense of humour. And as our text says, he will yet fill our mouths with laughter and our lips with shouts of joy. What an awesome God we serve.