As of today I’ve been a mom for 13 years, 8 months and 5 days. I have 5 kids. In all that time I can count on 1 hand the number of ER visits and we’ve never had to have a kid get a cast. Today the streak was broken. The first-born took a trip to the ER because of a tumble off a tree limb in the woods yesterday.
He is a bit dramatic (don’t tell him I told you), so I didn’t rush to the doctor right away. But today it seemed prudent to go get a X-ray. The doctor looked at the X-ray and and said all was well, just a sprain and sent us on our way. Just as we were about to pull out of the parking lot, I look up to see a nurse walking toward my mini van. She said she saw something on the X-ray (she used to work in radiology) and wondered if I would mind coming back in while they got a radiologist to look at the X-ray. Turns out Colton has a fractured wrist.
We were almost home free. But then the truth was revealed and we were sent back to a hospital cell to wait for a splint to be put on. We have to follow-up this week with Sports Medicine and a cast.
Isn’t that just like life…..or sin. You think you’re getting away with something or that things are ok. That things aren’t nearly as broken as you think and you can just keep doing what you’re doing. But then the light of truth shines into the situation when you’re exposed to God’s Holy Spirit, who can always see what’s really happening……..even when others can’t.
It’s discouraging when you realize the extent of how badly something, or someone or yourself or a relationship is broken. Or how wrong you’ve been or how much sin has taken hold. But the good news is that when truth is revealed then the healing can take place. Just like Colton needs a splint and a follow-up cast to fix the problem, we need some interventions from the Great Physician from time to time to make us well.
The bad news is when the hurt, the broken heart, the sin goes undiagnosed and we keep trying to live like nothing is wrong. That only leads to a bigger problem later.
May you all find hope and healing today and be grateful for the Physician who is always paying attention, can see what’s really happening, and loves us enough to step into our lives and speak truth.