I keep promising to write more often but I let all kinds of things distract me and suddenly, whoops, its been almost 2 weeks since I posted. There’s a lot going on in some ways, and in others, there’s nothing going on. It all depends on how you look at it.

Nothing: Every day is pretty much the usual. Get up, make sure I take my muscle relaxant, have my quiet time, go to work, work, talk to people, work, have lunch, work, go home, maybe pick something up at the store on the way, read, maybe some more work, take another muscle relaxant, and get some shuteye for the next day. That about sums it up.

Everything: It’s the things that happen on the way home, when I’m talking with people, when I’m at work, or at a meeting. A misunderstanding between myself and a friend led to hurt feelings on both sides… praying for an opening to forgive each other. A new and exciting challenge at work has come up as I learn more about the needs of children in the Palestinian Authority and how much my place of work is involved in helping many of these children. Leaving work and finding out someone hit my car and didn’t leave a note, but did, most kindly leave a dent in the rear and shatter one of the rear lights. Amazingly, the rear light still works. And going to the Chinese meeting last Friday and learning a new Chinese hymn with the melody and some of the words floating through my mind, words about worship and grace and glory—words that remind me to look to my Savior and not to myself.

Tuesday was my first day to walk entirely without the walker outside the house, and although I’m still really tired by the end of the day, and my knee still has this strange numbness, I’m walking much better.

Tuesday I also went to see my osteopath. I don’t know why, but everyone I know seems to think I should be interested in knowing what they thought of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. As my doctor began treating me he started talking about that movie as the most wonderfully accurate and sacrilegious movie he had ever seen. I was thinking to myself, I don’t want to hear more. But of course he continued.

He said that the ending of the movie was marvelous. Jesus is crucified between two thieves and starts singing “Everything’s coming up roses.” My very next thought was, For the joy set before Him, Christ endured the cross… ( from Hebrews 12:2)

He finally paused to breathe, and without thinking I answered, “Well, in a way the ending was accurate, but it made fun of something that is true, because in the New Testament it’s written, ‘For the joy set before Him Christ endured the cross,’ and that is positive.”

He seemed surprised and replied, “well yes there are positive things in His death.”

And again, like a bullet, I gently responded, “and especially His resurrection.”

“Well there is that…” and he dropped off into silence for the rest of my treatment. Not angry silence, just, the kind of silence that precluded any further conversation, at least on that matter!

He has told me repeatedly that I’ve progressed far better than he has hoped, and I have told him in the past I am certain it is prayer, and God. Now he has new something new to think about.

And that conversation would never have happened if I had not had this back problem. Yup, seems to me everything is still under control… not mine but my Savior’s. I can live with that!