A stitch in time!
For most of my life I have vowed that if possible I would never spend a day in hospital. I failed miserably on that account last May and now once again in January 2014. I suppose that I have done well to reach the grand old age of 61 before wear and tear caused a hip replacement for which I am eternally grateful to all involved for the relief that it brought. One of the side effects of hobbling around with a painful hip was that it caused a hernia on the other side. This was made much worse by me falling down the stairs at Jo & Jim's; before you ask strong black coffee did not go to my head and so it was nothing to do with my favoured brew! All in all it called for another visit to the operating table where I trust the surgeon (Mr Lambert in the Nuffield hospital Plymouth) has done a wonderful job of perfoming a stitch in time that will save all of the pain and discomfort that I have been progressively experiencing over the last few months.
From a currently painful position of sitting with the ever trusty lap-top on my knee I can already see the benefits yhat Mr Lambert's stitch in time will afford me. The op wouund is very painful but bits of my insides are now staying in their appointed place whereas before they seemed to be escaping into all sorts of nooks and crannies where they never were intended to be. The stitches are doing their job, all I have to do now is to be patient and take it easy and recover in order that normal life (whatever that might be) can resume.
I always thought that I would be terribly nervous and probably afraid of going under the knife with all of it's hidden dangers and possible side effects (one of which is death!) But I was not, I was perfectly relaxes and not in the least worried on both occasions. I suppose that being convinced in my faith that God is Sovereign must be one of the most comforting doctrines of Christianity. I am currently reading about the life of Joseph with the use of Alistair Begg's book: "The hand of God; finding His care in all circumstances." which if you have not read it is a fine and extremely helpful exposition of Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." I was able to read a large section of the book whilst awaiting "the call" of the surgeon and to rejoice in the fact that there is nothing in my life that God will not use for His glory and my ultimate benefit. I have never been thrown into a cess-pit as Joseph was or been sold into slavery etc. but my life has been punctuated by both excitements and disaapointments. Pleasures and pains, joy and sorrow as all of us experience and so with no morbidity whatsoever I was able to reflect and wonder if the operation did unexpectedly go wrong and I was called by the Great Physician to a higher place then I have absolutely nothing to complain about, in actual fact I will let you into a little secret, I would not have minded if He did call. I have unfinished business here obviously and so He did not call. My prayer is that I might be like Joseph who always seemed to keep his faith and counsel even in the most difficult of circumstances.
So what of the future?
I really do not know what the future holds but as I have said many times before I know who holds the future and He will guide me by His hand of providence. My future is safe and secure and nothing and no-one can change that. Thereore Mr Lambert's stitch in time is l for my benefit, a hospital stay is vitally important! After all where else would I fine the time and opportunity to sit and read all of William Perkins' book "The art of prophesying" and also a large section of Mr Beggs wonderful book without interuption. The pain after the op is worth the benfit of those hours before.
So where do I go from here? That is God's plan for me. I have lots of ideas but God knows. Looe desperately needs a clear gospel witness, the Rusty Bucket is idaelly placed to be a vital part of that. Will the Lord choose to use me for that mighty task?
Please pray that we will all know His leading.