One month ago we let a nurse wheel Rebekah back to the operating room. The days that have followed have been the hardest days yet. You can read about her surgery and recovery here.
While Rebekah is making a great recovery, she has only moved out of the hospital bed in our living room for bed sheet changes, one trip to the doctor’s office, and one trip to the chiropractor. This girl has completed four weeks confined to her bed and has two weeks to go (12 days to be exact — we have a countdown going!). This has been a journey of endurance for the whole family, for sure. We have seen the full range of emotions in our home. Some of those emotions have not been pretty! During this time we have relied heavily on our faith in an unchanging God and on friends and family who have so faithfully been the hands and feet of God.
I have been so humbled and grateful for those of you who have served us. You’ve picked up Kayla for events, you’ve sent texts and emails for updates and to send encouragement, you’ve sat by Bekah’s bedside so we could sip a cup of coffee in the dining room, you’ve brought meal after meal (some of you multiple times), Chris’s mom and my sisters have traveled from out of state to help, and a lot of you have prayed unending prayers.
We could not have travelled this leg of the journey if we had looked ahead and seen it. It would have been too big. Thank you for entering this time with us and coming along side of us and holding us up. You have been so faithful.
Isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd, he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart, he gently leads those that have young.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (MSG) All praise to God the Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort — we get a full measure of that, too.