While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him. ~Luke 5:12-13
Since the onset of, and my subsequent battle with pneumonia, returning to the health I enjoyed before the illness has been sketchy and illusive. Don't get me wrong. I see God working in this recovery, albeit disappointingly slowly as far as my timeline is concerned. It leaves me to wonder, as did the leper, if it's Jesus' will to cleanse me now in the moment, or to have me realize more fully what the consequences my poor behavior would have cost me in the future had He not intervened when He did?
Here are some areas in which I'm hoping to see improvements in the next month or so:
Increased mobility without joint pain - If I either sit or stand for too long, my hips rebel against the rest of my body. It takes intentional movement to ease the discomfort, and to assure me that I'm not losing my balance. This can be disorienting as well as discouraging.
Ditching the morning naps - Is seems no matter how well I sleep the night before, by ten or ten-thirty, I'm craving another doze. Once I waken from that, I finally feel ready to face the day. The only times I've missed these naps is when I've had a morning appointment that interrupts the schedule. Even then, I'll end up needing a nap later in the day. Naps have never been my thing, yet now, they are. I'm hoping that some vitamins I've recently started taking will give me energy to get over this slump sooner than later.
Climbing the stairs - When climbing up the stairs from ground level to our living area, I have to use two hands on the banister to help my legs propel themselves upward and forward. This would probably improve a lot sooner if I made a daily workout of stairs in addition to my time on the treadmill. Still, this is a marked improvement from my first days at home when I had to use a walker to get around.
More energy - Recently, I begin a regimen of taking some vitamin supplements. My hope and prayers are they will fortify my immune system and allow for more pep in my step. I'll let you all know if and when I see some positive results.
And in all this recuperation, I'm so grateful for all of you who prayed faithfully for my recovery in January - God most certainly heard you! I've come a long way, but know I've got a ways to go, so continued prayers are much appreciated! I'm sure Jesus will heal me fully and completely in His time.
How can I pray for you?