It’s only been a day and a half

It’s only been a day and a half since I had my tonsils removed (it feels a lot longer than that though). The hardest part about going into this was not knowing how much pain I would actually feel after the operation. Both the ENT doc and the anesthesiologist said that I would be in a lot of pain, but what does that really mean? Is what I imagined to be “a lot of pain” the same as what they meant?

I am in pain—it’s not excruciating, but it’s to the point that I just want my life to go back to “normal.” I want to talk again, I want to swallow again, I want to run and jump again… but, I can’t even blow my nose or eat “real” food. I ate my second bowl of liquified black bean soup this evening and halfway through it, I felt like gagging— it was the consistency.

I know that I will be better in a couple of weeks, but it’s only been about two days and it feels like an eternity already. I know I need to be patient, but it seems so hard. I can’t imagine what it must be for someone who is in constant pain. My pain should be better in about ten days, so I need to be silent and thank God that all I had was a tonsillectomy.

Romans 12:9-12 says, “…cling to what is good… Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor… Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (NIV).

It’s so easy to start wallowing in self-pity, but that’s not how God wants me to react. My situation is only temporary. I need to find the joy even in my momentary pain, and I can’t let my current circumstances distract me from praising God—I must continue to cling to Him. I must continue to pray, not for myself, but for others. I need to stay focused—“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Foreclosed

We bought a foreclosed house over five years ago. It’s been a slow process in getting it back to working order. When we first moved into the house, several people from church came then cleaned it, painting one of the rooms, and removing old wall paper from other rooms. How wonderful it was to get their help!

The house had been badly neglected—the tub was leaking into the garage below so portions of the floor/ceiling were basically disintegrated, the garage door wouldn’t open, there were holes in certain places of the walls, and everything was dirty.  There is still so much work to do but it feels that life has been breathed into the house—it doesn’t really look the same anymore.

It made me think about the passages from Ezekiel 37:4-6, “‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! … I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord’” (NLT).

I was a lot like that house— from the outside I looked like a regular house, but inside I was dusty, dirty, and in disrepair; and just like that house, there is still a lot more that needs to be done, but there is progress that has been made.

I don’t think anyone ever intends on neglecting their spiritual condition, but it happens over a slow period of time. We justify the reasons we haven’t read the Bible or why we haven’t attended worship and Bible study. Eventually, instead of being “joyful in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16), we are angry and dissatisfied.

Jesus says in John 10:10, “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (NASB). God wants us to be alive inside and outside, but we have to allow Him to “clean us up.” We need to be “foreclosed” on our old self so that He can come in and do repairs. Have you been foreclosed on then bought by God?

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti