Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Psalm 51:8
Have you ever heard the snap of a bone breaking? I have experienced it and the sound seemed to ring in my ears for weeks. At that moment there is no joy, only the pain and the anxiety of what lies ahead.
Two years ago I had surgery to replace my ankle. The healing took time; two months without any weight on my ankle. My wheelchair was my mode of transportation. Months spent in physical therapy brought a gradual strengthening of the muscles and bones. A year later the healing was complete.
Losing my independence and depending on others was difficult. I had to acknowledge my need and humble myself to ask for help. Wholeness takes time.
One thing I knew for sure was that God had the ability to restore my bones. Physically, I have been broken before. I learned I could trust in God, I could rest in Him, and that He would act on my behalf.
Today when I think about the long recovery, I don’t relive the pain. I have a tremendous sense of gratitude that the Lord was with me. I am so thankful for those who lovingly stood with me, especially Tom, my compassionate husband. I feel blessed that my ankle is strong. I won’t be running any marathons, but I will be running with endurance the race of faith that is set before me! (Hebrews 12:1)
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