WHEW! It’s that time of week again! Everything is happening so fast. Something my mom is family famous for is “trying to stuff 10 pounds of potatoes in a 5 pound bag”. Meaning, she tries to plan and schedule and work at twice as many projects in half the amount of time it should take to do them! So this week I’m taking after my mom… I’ve been trying to keep up with the day to day house work but also had parent teacher meetings on Monday which means I had kids home Monday, then I also got the materials needed to make a slide out pantry and have twice painted all the pieces of wood except one side of the back panel, got paint for the dresser that I literally got from a ditch on a side of the road(score!), put together my youngest’s new loft bed with help from each family member, went to part of Bible study, painted/fixed(with my husband’s help)/transported the dresser, put the old dresser/bed/box spring in storage to await the yardsale/got out the full bed for our neighbor, bought pumpkins to carve, and got lost down a country road trying to check out a yardsale that I never found.
Talk about busy!
So why is all this in a Thankful Thursdays post? Because I’m thankful for mobility today. I’m thankful for an older man I met at the grocery store the other night who just so happens to also have herniated disc problems(like moi but much worse, like he literally fell down an elevator shaft worse). And he made a great statement that he never judges anymore people that don’t look handicapped that park in special parking spots. I thought, “Yep, I would have never guessed you had severe back problems.” Though he wasn’t parked in handicapped, after listening to his story I thought maybe he should have been! (and after in the parking lot he showed me his giant shoulder scar – I guess he didn’t think I believed him?) Anywhoooo, I’m thankful I can still walk without much problems. I’m thankful that although my hip and legs start to hurt if I sit too long that I can stand and generally feel better in a couple minutes. (Don’t worry an outpatient surgery is soon to come that is very common apparently and should fix it all. whewww)
I’m also so thankful for my back problems. Weird, I know. Hear me out folks… When I first found out about my severely messed up disc, I asked the leader of my small group at Bible study to pray for me, turns out she’s a physical therapist! And she gave me great advice on where to go for surgery. What’s the odds of being randomly put in her small group out of the 15-20+ groups? How about that guy I met in the grocery line that just started talking to me about his back? How about out of the 10 different Kindergarten classes my daughter could have been put in this year at this school, her teacher’s husband and her teacher’s mother-in-law just happened to have back surgery about a year ago for herniated discs. Mrs. B assured me that the surgery for both of them went without a hitch and they are so much better off now.
So I’m thankful for my back problems. Because I feel like God put all these people in my path knowing that my back would eventually give out. And by doing so, it reminds me of how much God cares about me in both big and little issues in my life. It reminds me of His sovereignty and His perfect timing. Of the tapestry of life He is weaving with the days, weeks, and times of this world. He is amazing.