She is going to live. The doctors are expecting a full recovery. She is the daughter of one of my friends, and she was in a terrible car wreck at the end of October. Her baby, three months away from birth, died. She had to give birth to her baby, enduring labor and delivery without joy and delight, because the life of her little one was gone.
She had several surgeries to repair broken bones in her legs and pelvis. Then she had to have another surgery because previous surgical repair work was not holding her broken pelvis together. She truly is her own version of ‘the bionic woman’.
She can not walk for 3 months and must transfer herself from bed to wheelchair to tub to couch to toilet all by use of a transfer board. She is a former high level gymnast, who was always muscular and strong. Now she has lost most of her muscle mass and is very tiny.
I spoke with her mother at length a couple of days ago, catching up on Lacy’s progress (not her real name). The mother told me about Lacy’s inner strength and will to live. She told me that Lacy’s determination has made a major difference in her recovery.
We talked about how God has shown His Presence during this serious crisis in their lives. We talked about God Winks, about God’s Grace and God’s Provision. It appears that though Lacy has far to go before she is recovered, the crisis, the worst is behind them.
When we look back and reflect on a crisis we can see the Hand of God as He works, meets needs, calms fears, gives strength for the moment, and provides hope for the future. It is during horrible crisis that we experience God in new ways. In the midst of indescribable pain, worry, sadness, and despair, God gives us precious sweet moments with Him, allowing us to know and feel the depth of His Love and Care. It is all seared into our memory, forever with us, changing who we are , our perspective on life, and our relationship with God.
Even though we would not ever want to walk down this road again, stand beside the bedside of a precious child, spouse, or loved one, watch them in pain, and listen to their cries; even though we would never wish this on anyone, priceless is the experience of God’s special Presence for these special moments, priceless is the experience of His Provision when there is special need, and priceless are our memories.
God is good. All the time.