“Blasted! I’ve been casted!”
But dontcha just love it? I got a cast on my arm a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday, my friend, Kate, painted it for me!!
You know. . . These things happen. Sometimes we are wrong, and it’s no big deal. Sometimes we are wrong, and it’s a big deal. And then again, sometimes we are wrong and it just is what it is.
Sometimes you break your wrist. . . in the middle of July and don’t find out until the end of September because you were wrong about what you did.
And so, now, it is what it is.
And it is a big purple cast on my arm. When i got it, I knew the kids at church were going to ask why I didn’t get an orange cast since all my favorite things are orange. (There’s a good reason in and of itself. But the truth is the doctor’s office was out of orange–I tried.)
But, like I said, my super creative friend, Kate, stopped in yesterday and helped me decorate it. I’ve wanted her to do her embellishing magic since week 1 (We are on week 3 now) when I got my beautiful, purple hunk of fiberglass,
When it first went on, I looked at it in disbelief and was pretty stunned that after this much of life on earth I was getting a cast now. And yet, at the same time, the verse, “Cast your burdens onto Jesus,” kept coming to my mind, and I thought, “Oh, Jesus, you are so smart and so witty at the same time.”
So those are the words I had Kate put onto my cast. (not, “Jesus you are so smart and witty,” but “cast your burdens onto Jesus!”) I love it because it’s a visual reminder of several truths God has put in my heart these past months.
1) There are things I have no control over.
2) I cannot heal myself–healing is His job.
3) When I am weak, God’s work in me is more evident.
4) When I wounded, God supports me.
5) When I am hurt, God cares for me.
6) When I am broken, God restores me.
7) When I am stubborn or won’t slow down, God will humble me.
8) Hard, uncomfortable things are often exactly what I need.
9) Inconveniences are simply that, inconveniences, but certainly not the end of the world.
10) I can truly cast my burdens onto Jesus, because He cares for me!
I am not thrilled that I waited too long to see the doctor. I am not thrilled that I misdiagnosed myself. I am not thrilled that I am a bit stubborn sometimes. But I am pretty thrilled that when I cast my burdens onto Jesus, He proves to me over and over again that He cares for me–even when things are broken, hard, confining, restricting and inconvenient. Because when things are broken, hard, confining, restricting and yes, even inconvenient, I know God is at work and that He is caring for me, and that He can make all things beautiful (even a cast) in His time!
Thanks, Kate, for being a blessing in my day and for letting God use you to help me rememeber to cast my burdens onto Jesus!