Meanwhile, on the broken rib front, every deep breath hurts. However, the experts on the internet say this is expected for the next month...or two...That is why in the picture above I am sitting reading a book while wearing my new boots.
I did go on a long walk (8 1/2 miles) in the morning, but it does hurt to move. I yawn a lot on my morning long walk, maybe because my broken rib impedes a good night's sleep. Anyway, with each yawn, the deep intake of oxygen causes sharp stabs of pain. By the end of the day, I have no desire to do anything but gaze at my good book and new boots. (As my dear friend Gina told me, "Never underestimate the power of a good pair of shoes or boots." Amen!)
The radiation techs all mentioned that I was in the homestretch...almost done. They understand how hard it is to persevere as one's skin grows increasingly red and itchy, and every day one must not miss the treatment time. Six weeks is a long time to be slowly fried every day. Today, while I lay on the radiation table and the machine whirred around me delivering its potent dose of cancer killer, I repeated in my head, "Just eight more treatments after this one! Praise God."
Sometimes, the homestretch is the hardest part. You just want to be DONE. I remember the last few days of pregnancy were like that. Somehow eight months fly by, and then that ninth month drags like eternity.
This is when many of us fail. In the homestretch. It is such a pervasive problem that God warns us several times in the Bible not to lose the fight in the final punch of the match. Persevere till the end. Finish well.
He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. God will do His part...but we must do ours.
Hang in there.
Complete it. Finish it, giving the glory to God despite the fatigue, despite the long suffering, despite the sense that a day of redemption and justice will never get here.
It will. We are almost there. Finish the good fight well.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.