Whatever might have happened, not every thing is bad news. Jesus is on your side. You may be forced to spend a lot of time on your own, but utilize that time. I find it enables me to get a lot into the Word, & to pray for many people. I see all the people rushing as I used to do, & many are hurting.
I have learned to sit & watch people. As a lady walks past I say, “Thank you Lord that she can walk. I am sure she needs it more than I now do. Maybe she has family,” & I start praying for her needs, & I find that as I do that I can cope with any hurt in my heart. I am convinced there is no hurt in your heart that you cannot overcome as you reach out to the needs of others. -Helga Hopper, Massive Stroke Survivor
What are your thoughts? When you are given “free time” you would not have had without your illness how have you chosen to use it? Even though we are in constant pain, we can still try to find ways to distract us.
For example, you’d be surprised at how many articles I have written for this web site while waiting for my family to go on a ride at Legol& or another park. I’ve found myself spending many hours reading, writing, & people-watching while I am at places where I cannot participate in the actual activity.
Like Helga, I’ve also noticed other people who are in pain & I’ve quietly sent up a prayer on their request. If I had not lived with difficulty walking myself, I likely would never have noticed his or her limp.
When illness has forced you to sit still & rest, what joys have you found?