Streams In the Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
George Matheson, the well-know blind preacher of Scotland, who recently went to be with the Lord, said: "My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross; but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory.
"Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my thorn. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbows."
Today, my devotional reading really struck me hard and I realize I cannot change the circumstances of my life, but I can change how I approach them. I can't change peoples hearts or the way they think. I realize some filter situations through their own cold hearts, while others filter it through their loving and compassionate hearts. I'll stick with the ones who help make me a better person, and not bring the worse out of.
Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Cor. 12:10
The literal translation of this verse gives a starling emphasis to it, and makes it speak for itself with a force that we have probably never realized. Here it is: "Therefore I take pleasure in being without strength, in insults, in being pinched, in being chased about, in being cooped up in a corner for Christ's sake; for when I am without strength, then am I dynamite."
Here is the secret of divine all-sufficiency, to come to the end of everything in ourselves and in our circumstances. When we reach this place, we will stop asking for sympathy because of our hard situation or bad treatment, for we will recognize these things as the very conditions of our blessing, and we will turn from them to God and find in them a claim upon Him. A.B. Simpson
Ron's 4th ventricle was collecting CSF with no way out of his brain. This is called Hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Ron already is shunted, but the shunt needed to be extended into this ventricle, as it became extremely enlarged.
AFTER SURGERY- Now that the shunt was extended, his ventricle immediately reduced to normal size. Upon doing so, the brain stem in a sense, swallowed the catheter, pushing it into the brain stem. At this time, they are waiting and watching, hoping the brain (in shock) will on it's own, release the catheter. Meanwhile, Ron is unable to show expression in his face, both eyes won't close completely and he has a hard time chewing food or talking. One eye is rolled upward. He is starting to walk with a walker. Tomorrow he starts intense in-house neuro rehabilitation. Each day I see tiny little changes for the positive. I am keeping the hope.
DECLARING IT SMILE WEEK
With Ron unable to smile, it really made me realize how I've taken for granted the fact I can just smile at free-will. I am now making an extra attempt to use my smile whenever possible. I would love to encourage you to also celebrate the smile you are able to give. Will you join me?
Smiling - xoxo JoAnnA
Happy Blessed Easter!!!