Getting on the good foot, eventually


photo 1photo 11photo 10 I awoke Sunday morning with the remembrance of a dream.

Have you ever done that? Had a dream that surprises or stirs you?

I’ve dreamt many strange things. Just before the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia, I dreamt it just a few days before. I stood in horror watching it on tv and told the Hubs that I had those exact images in my sleep just a few days before.

But on Sunday, I dreamt of something ordinary. Something I miss and that must have spilled into my subconscious.

I dreamt of wearing TWO shoes. One on the left foot and get this,

the other on the right – (did that image just give you chills???)

Though I’m certain many of my previous dreams have included me in footwear, I overlooked their significance until today.

Weird how the mind works. Fascinating how things once commonplace become important when they are gone even if it’s only temporarily.

I had foot surgery the day after Christmas. For many years, orthopedic screws in my right foot have caused me problems. It was a more complicated surgery than expected because one of the screws was deeply lodged in my foot and the doctor had to bore two deep holes in my foot to extricate it. Interestingly, one of the screws was loose which probably only proves the theory that many have held for a long time.

And then I developed a shin splint which further impeded my ability to move forward.  Why I was downright churlish when the doctor had the gall to insist on further restricting my mobility!

My tendency is to hurry out of a place of waiting but crud muffins, that’s my reality. Am I the only one who just wants to be over and done with a struggle? Of course not!

Here are the doctor’s orders.

SLOW DOWN! – I’m not used to being still. I’m a busy girl, things to do, people to see, places to go. Forced to move at almost a snail’s pace is challenging. Possibly this is a message for me even after I’m healed.

STAY OFF YOUR FOOT! – If I am foolish enough to walk on my foot without protection, I could break my foot and make matters worse. I might need to ease back into normal activity. I’m wondering if God wants me to do less and abide more.

IT’S GOING TO TAKE TIME! – I’m still learning that healing of the mind, heart and hoof require patience and perseverance. I can’t rush through the recovery but I can do a lot to impede it.

photo 12I know that I will be back in two shoes, Lord willing, by mid-February. I will savor that thrilling return of a simple pleasure. Driving a car, riding a bike, going on a walk, oh how I will cherish those moments!

What lessons have you learned in times of suffering? What have you taken for granted in terms of your health that you now appreciate more than ever? I’ve got about four more weeks of recovery, I’d love to hear! When you easily stroll from one place to the other, give thanks, friends!

10 thoughts on “Getting on the good foot, eventually

  1. I’m not sure I’m a good example of how to deal with suffering. Some of the things that The Lord continues to teach me through it are that my rest is in Him alone and that I should be satisfied with His provision for me. It shocks and rocks me to my core when I realize that I am not happy with His abundance. A good but difficult read for me was “The Crook in the Lot”

    • Your suffering is substantial and it’s a long road yet you still plod on and keep yourself busy and useful. I’d like to hear more about “The Crook in the Lot” though it sounds a little scary! Take care of yourself, Becki, the Lord is our Strong Tower!

  2. Picking up my babies, or even my not so babies. Totally taken for granted until I had a disk burst in my neck… I dreamt then that I was waltzing across the world with two of my babies in my arms. Odd for a couple of reasons… 1st I don’t waltz, don’t know how, never have. 2nd. I was absolutely graceful… I am absolutely NOT in real life.

    Thanks for prompting a memory. You can do this! The bible verse I am learning this week might be useful to you… the Light sines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

    • YIKES! It can happen so quickly! I’m not a graceful girl and I’ve injured myself more times doing regular activities than crazy ones! Your dream sounds bittersweet and beautiful, there are many intriguing symbols in our dreams, thanks for sharing!

  3. UGGG I got caught up in my computer not working and forgot to check spelling…
    The Light SHINES in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
    Sorry for the multiple posts.

  4. I’ve been struck recently with the old song “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace” – at least, I think those are the words!

  5. I always took for granted being able to pick up one of my children and walk around with them. Until Lilly. She spent months hooked up to a continuous feed pole and wherever she went – we had to lug that thing too. When she eventually got off it during the day – it was sooooo excitiing. We could just “pick her up and go!”

    • Truly, Lisa, I know that the Lord used your precious daughter to teach you many things. He has given you three more babies and a devoted husband that give you insight into life and Jesus. May I appreciate things as much as you do. Thanks for your friendship and comment.

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