Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Anchors




Back this morning for laser treatment #3. The vet tech said usually around treatment 3 or 4 you start to see improvement. I hope so. Yesterday, poor Honeybun was still holding up her leg half the time, and walking very gingerly when she did bear weight. Yesterday morning, she wouldn't or couldn't get up for many minutes. She had seemed to be improving, but yesterday seemed like a hobble backwards. Finally, the lure of breakfast coaxed her out of my closet, where she likes to "den". She limped out and spent much of the day holding the injured leg up.

But today, she came right out, bearing weight on all 4s, wagging her tail. Prayer #1 answered today! I have three big ones for the day. One down and two to go. I am hopeful we are on a roll, a good one this time! The last roll we were on was a series of disasters.

An amusement park with giant roller-coasters decorates the start of my drive to the vet office. Our vet is almost an hour away. (I am willing to make the drive because he is significantly less expensive than Charlotte vets and very competent.) The roller coasters make me want to throw up, even just watching them. Why would anyone PAY to have those tumultuous ups and downs? I get them free just by living.

My fear as the coasters careen around corners is that they will fly off the track. I still find it near miraculous that they don't, or at least do so only rarely. What holds them on so securely, even when centrifugal force is so overwhelmingly strong?

Despite my roller coaster life, my track is secure as well. What keeps me anchored against the overwhelmingly strong forces that seem to constantly threaten to hurl me into destruction is my faith in God. There are times it really feels like I could not possibly make it up the next giant hurdle, or bear the dizzying speed of changing circumstances and fortunes. And yet, I know that the path I am on is carefully engineered, and when it ends, I will get off, not collapsing and puking, but enveloped in the arms of Jesus.

Hebrews 6:18-20
...so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.




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