OK, so who likes to recover from surgery? Yeah, not me. So not me.
It’s not so much the healing of the body I don’t like, it’s the healing of the spirit.
I find I get down -- a lot -- while waiting to recover. Because while recovering, there are so many limitations. “Don’t drive. Don’t lift anything. Don’t do your usual things.” That equates to, “Don’t be.” Well, that’s no fun.
So instead, that leaves me to watch my Mom do 20 loads of laundry in a day and watch my Dad spend more time in his car with my kids than on my couch with a cup of coffee. Pain is not a sore abdomen, but rather, pain is feeling useless.
And the funny thing is -- I know this feeling very well. It was something I experienced long before I ever had my first surgery.
For years, I had a heart that wanted to serve, to help others. But I didn’t know where. So I never did. And my heart ached. It felt hollow. It was like one of those chocolate Easter bunnies. You bite off that thick, long chocolate ear only to find there’s nothing inside of it. That was me.
Looking back, I always felt a natural high when I was able to surprise a hurting friend with a jar full of garden flowers on her front porch -- a favorite past-time of mine. I love making a friend feel better. And if I analyze that, I think it’s because giving of oneself to another enables us to feel closer to Jesus. If He had a mason jar, some ribbon and a few roses, He would have placed them on his friends’ doorsteps too. It’s sharing love, it’s sharing kindness. It’s sharing Jesus.
So how do you share Jesus?
Just last week I read an article about a Mom whose daughter wanted to go on a missions trip, but the family couldn’t afford to send her. So the Mom had an idea of hosting a garden tour and giving her daughter the money she raised from inviting friends and neighbors over to take a peek at her garden. She raised enough money to fulfill her daughter's dream. The following year, the daughter wanted to return, but needed to raise the money again. So the Mom hosted another garden tour and was able to pay for her trip once more. The third year, her daughter wanted to return, but this time, she had enough money to send herself. So the Mom said to God, “Now what am I to do?”
The Mom prayed about it and felt led to begin her first annual garden faire. She asked all of her Christian girlfriends to act as docents, her husband parked all of the incoming cars and she made little wooden signs bearing beautiful scriptures to sprinkle throughout her garden. She was basically sharing her faith through her beautiful 14-acre garden.
After I read that article, I said to my Mom, “Well, if I had a 14-acre garden, I’d do the same thing.”
And then I caught myself as the words were coming out of my mouth. “If I had a 14-acre garden.....”
That’s when I realized, you don’t need a 14-acre garden to share your faith. All you need is a rose bush. If we all waited until we had 140 rose bushes on 14 acres of land, we’d be waiting and wasting so many opportunities of sharing God’s love with others.
What do you have to share? Do you have a rose bush? Do you have a paintbrush? Do you have a spoon? Do you have a hand?
All it takes is one of something to reach many...and to no longer feel useless.