Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Remembering God's Faithfulness

We have had several good months of fun with Kathryn. We went on a few adventures together as mother and daughter as well as meeting up with friends and going out shopping. All those months in the hospital were so distant in Kathryn's memory that they hardly seemed real. But last night her wings were clipped again as she was turning on her side in bed. She had just fallen asleep when she rolled onto her side and felt a strong pop in her upper right side followed by intense pain. She was able to call Paul Burton on his cell phone and he came running to the house from his apartment to tell us Kathryn was in trouble. After checking on her, Paul Burton was pretty sure last night that Kathryn had cracked or broken another rib. I stayed with her for the rest of the night trying to control her pain, but by morning I knew she had to see her doctor. Her rib is cracked but by God's grace it hasn't broken in two like the last rib. She has no bruising and the doctor said the rib would heal more quickly if it doesn't break.

The tears she shed today over the matter were quiet. I dried them with a napkin at the cancer center while we waited for the doctor and Qavah nibbled on cookies. Dealing with the rib problem means bed rest, and giving up the few freedoms she had begun to enjoy. But as I remember the former days, we have seen great things happen after a setback. This too shall pass and I know that this suffering will again lead to greater victory. Beloved, do not be surprised at the firey trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. 1Peter 4:12,13.