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.
I 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!