September 6, 2009

Watching Paint Dry...Waiting for Water to Boil...Watching an Eye Heal...

Well, I might as well write a follow-up to our exciting life. There was a nickel sized hole beneath his eye in the orbit. His eye was sinking into it. The doctor put a plate or mesh of some sort where the bone used to be - once that paper thin bone breaks, I guess it's gone. He removed the bone fragments, adjusted the problem of the muscle being impinged by bone. You can't even tell from the outside that he had surgery, but his eye is still not straight. He does have complete double vision that may resolve itself when the swelling goes away. If not, it's another surgery.

School starts here tomorrow. He is going. We were on the verge of pulling him out and letting him get his GED and starting county college classes second semester while working with his dad, but then out of nowhere his dad and my dad decided he's absolutely going to school, goes! We are rearranging his schedule so he'll have early work dismissal and work with Stan in the field in the afternoons, which I think is good.

It has been painful and wonderful. All I can think is how wonderful it is to see God work and I have! In my Job study I was recently reminded of the story of Jesus and Lazarus and how He was told that Lazarus was so sick and to go to him and of course, Jesus loved Lazarus but he did not go when they asked. He waited until Lazarus had died. He waited so that He could show God's glory...John 11

The Death of Lazarus

1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

2This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.

3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."

4When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."

5Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

6Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.

7Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."

8"But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?"

9Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light. 10It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."

11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."

12His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better." 13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."

And then he raises Lazarus from the dead. Jesus' words for God's glory and so that you may believe, what could be more important? Talk about having one's priorities in order.

Though it hurts and I flail, I am so comforted to know that God takes traumas and dramas and negatives and makes them Good. When life gets loud, I hear God get louder.

...And Waiting on God!


Mom said...

Those that wait upon the Lord will rise up and soar like eagles. I pray that all of you will soon be soaring.

rosemary said...

I continue to say my prayers every night and you and your family are there.....on another note sort of and I am MOST serious with what I say next.....these Bible quotes and all of the people in them are what confuses me every single time I try to start reading it....whether it is the Old or New did Jesus keep track of everyone...I guess because He is the son of God, but still even God has to get confused once in a while doesn't He?

Paul Nichols said...

You're such a great writer! You know what I think? I think you should compile all your blog posts and get them into a book for your boys. I know a great publisher.

Anyway...I particularly like the title of this post. Outside the box. It covers a lot of territory but stays close to home. Good job.

And here's prayers that Seth will blossom brilliantly. With parents like his, he can hardly fail.