I have a new hero--and I'm always looking for heroes. She's 83, and I have the privilege of taking her in to the hospital for her mastectomy tomorrow. Just a few years ago her husband died**. What a blow that must have been. Tomorrow she's going to bring me a copy of her story--the challenges faced in earlier years in Germany--so I can read it at the hospital while I wait. I suspect I'll be even more amazed at her after the reading.
After the tests today, and facing surgery tomorrow, she's thankful. I asked if she's nervous or fearful about the surgery. On Sunday she had said she was a little nervous, so I don't think she's afraid to admit the truth. Today, she's not too bad, after the tests, and knowing the schedule for tomorrow. "Oh, I appreciate the Lord," she said. "The older I get I trust Him more and more." She's thankful they found the cancer so early, and that they are doing the surgery so soon.
She was telling me how she swims and walks. "I had polio you know," so on the right side of her body the muscles are weakened. It's why her body is twisting and leaning, but the walking helps. She walks inside when it's cold, because she doesn't need to break a leg outside, but she must walk. And after the surgery, she's going to walk. She's told herself she is going to make herself walk, she's not going to give up.
If the Lord lets me live to to be 83, I hope I am as positive, cheerful,
laughing, smiling and trusting the Lord as she is--even after all she's been
through (much I don't even know), and in the face of difficulty now.
What a woman!! And...
Thank You Lord, for the people ahead of us on the journey, giving us a vision of how to follow You, how to trust You, how to faithfully follow, and how You are faithful, even to our old age and grey hairs. As You have faithfully been with her, sustaining, granting peace and joy, so You will be with me.
**Correction: Earlier I had said he died "tragically and suddenly, physician's error in or after surgery, I believe," but that is incorrect. He was quite ill for about 6 months, and there was one small "physician incident" error but it did not result in his death. Of course before those 6 months of severe illness his diabetes was already at a pretty advanced stage--he was going in for dialysis a couple of times a week, etc.