Perception vs reality……..
It’s 8:45pm, and Lo and I are sitting here in her bed, each of us reading and writing. It feels peaceful and quiet…. something we cherish these days. Another day is over. The whirlwind has settled for today. Jeff is sleeping in his chair, as he couldn’t stay awake.
So many ask how Lo is doing? It’s such a loaded question, and the answer depends on what minute it is. There are so many avenues, physically, emotionally or spiritually, and even these change in an instant. So much of the time it’s hard to describe in words. Jeff said many weeks ago, “we take 12 hours at a time”, and sometimes that’s our only answer.
It’s best described as a “roller coaster” ride…….up, down, fast, slow, climbing, descending, winding, straight…….All in the same breath, we may find ourselves grateful, mad, laughing, or sad. We may be smiling one minute and crying the next.
Lo’s physical pain has diminished some! She’s excited to have started blogging a bit, and getting stronger in her rehab. It’s a long, tough road ahead, but her faith in Jesus is what carries her! She’s a fighter and will not give up!
She’s trusting God to renew her strength (Isaiah 40:31), and to keep her focused on the things that are eternal. This is a great reminder for all of us!
As 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “so we do not lose heart….though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison as we look not to the things that are seen, but the things that are unseen.”
As we think about this, and all that God is teaching us in such a time as this, we have been constantly reminded of the battle between the flesh and the spirit, and how important it is to present our bodies as living sacrifices, not to be conformed to this age, but that we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.(Romans 12:1-2).
We have had to ask God to help us live by the Spirit……as it hasn’t been easy. We ask Him to continually renew our minds. Some days it seems impossible to live by the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).
Don’t we all struggle with this?
Please pray for Lo to continue to gain strength physically, to be renewed emotionally, and to continue to rely on Jesus to carry her.