While stabbing an avocado pit with my paring knife to extract it from the avocado, I managed to stab myself. That’s no small thing for me because I have to be so careful not to get infections. Anyway, I applied appropriate first aid, made sure Fred didn’t get a hint of the incident, and moved ahead in cooking our dinner.
Being so careful all the time and worrying about infections gets old. I have been melancholy lately about frequent visits to the dialysis clinic and the continuous process of eight hours of dialysis every day. I am usually very content with my life and grateful for the effective treatment I am receiving. But every once in a while I feel imprisoned by my dialysis machine. It makes travel extremely difficult, and it definitely limits my life.
Yet, even with all of that, I remember the year when I was so sick, knowing that through all of 2014, I came too close to losing my life several times. When I remember that year, I am very grateful to a gracious and healing God. Somehow, I was able to place my trust in God, and I learned that placing your life in God’s hands is the way to persevere when the going gets tough.
So stabbing my hand is no big deal. And it did cause me to remember a difficult year that graced me with healing miracles. I am ever grateful for that. Today, I am anticipating that I will receive a kidney transplant, which will potentially prolong my life. I am in prayer that my time on the transplant list will not be too long and that a donor will appear for me. That will be yet another healing miracle. Until then, there is no better place to put my trust than in God, and so I sing the words of the Psalmist:
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases;
Who redeems thy life from destruction; who crowns thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfies thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
– From Psalm 103:1-5