Today is normally Pinspiration Thursday, but I'm sorry to say I'm just not able to deliver this week. Y'all know that old saying, "When it rains, it pours?" No, it doesn't just refer to salt. It describes my life right now. We've had some difficulties and disappointments come at us over the last couple of weeks, and I am working hard to just breathe deep.
We just got our tax refund and I was super excited because it means we are paying off a hospital bill from a procedure Littlest had in November. No sooner did I settle in with my relief, then I got "the call." You know the one...the scary kind from the nurse at your doctor's office? This one was from my dermatologist's office and as it turns out, I need surgery on a spot I had removed recently.
Yikes, but okay. It isn't melanoma, it's pre-melanoma. So, surgery is a disappointing but necessary precaution, but not a terrible setback.
Then my sweet Hubs tore his ACL last Friday. Poor guy, he was just playing aggressive basketball with a bunch of other old guys, who knew you could get hurt doing such things? He will need an MRI and reconstructive surgery. So, that's hard because we have the financial piece on top of the emotional piece; limited function in his knee is a big deal for him and for this active little family of ours.
And there have been a few other disappointments as well.
What to do when it isn't just raining, but pouring down on you? I was wondering that yesterday morning when this devotional was delivered to my inbox. Then a friend forwarded the same one to me. And another friend texted me with similar encouragement, just when I needed it. The hands and feet of Christ, at work. And each reminder is a moment where I was touched by Jesus, heard Him saying, "Michelle, you just need Me. You don't need to know what the future holds. You don't need to have it all mapped out. You just need Me."
My sweet friends, there is such peace in knowing Him and being anchored to Him. Keeping my eyes on Him, for my hope and my salvation, that's what has refreshed me today even as I walk through this valley. I pray encouragement for each of you, too.
"When I said, 'My foot is slipping,'"
your unfailing love, Lord,
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy."