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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: COULD
I had surgery last week, and if there’s anything that will quickly place you into a period of forced rest, it’s surgery. It’s been 13 years since I last underwent an operation of any kind, and I remember now why I’m so glad I don’t have to do that very often. But also, thank the Lord for modern medicine and skilled doctors and the gift of healing, amen?
But back to the idea of forced rest. I spent about eight days doing a whole lot of nothing. The two or three days before surgery I was in too much pain to move, then the day of surgery I was too sleepy from the anesthesia to move, then the day after surgery I was a combination of too sleepy and too sore to move. So I just laid still. For hours.
I didn’t really even have energy to lift a book or open my laptop. I did, however, listen to the first half of Anne of Green Gables on my headphones, and it was delightful. The perfect escape to help me pass the time without making me think too much.
Then as the days passed, I began to move around a bit more, and soon I was tempted to do more than I should. My brain told me I could do it, but my body (and husband) quickly reminded me that I shouldn’t.
It’s a hard but necessary lesson to learn in life—that just because we could do something doesn’t mean we should.
So I’m reminding myself to wait on the Lord, and to embrace this temporary period of stillness before Him while He continues to do His work in me.
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