I shared two weeks ago about how I received a burn on my foot. You can read all about it here: philressler.com/wrestling-with-helplessness. I appreciate all the prayers and support. I heard from so many of you who told me that you were praying for me. I can feel those prayers and they give me the courage to continue to walk boldly in faith wherever God leads me.
I wanted to give you an update for some of the ways you can continue to pray specifically for this injury.
- Pray for healing. It has been two and a half weeks since the injury occurred. The wound is healing. Unfortunately, the healing is slow. And that is the greatest concern. We know it will heal, the question is the quality of the healing. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow to determine further course of treatment. We may consider a skin graft to ensure that the new tissue growth will be healthy tissue. This could include a short stay in the hospital. Whatever the course of treatment, pray for God to continue to heal and restore fully.
- Pray for my family. This is hard on my wife and my kids. Barbara has picked up the slack, doing things that I have been unable to do. It also creates stress and anxiety with the extra burdens she is made to carry. Pray for my kids. We are unable to do some of the fun things we might have done during summer while they are off from school. These are things like the amusement park, the beach, hiking and camping, and nerf gun battles in the backyard. The kids are only this age once, and I hate missing out on these things. I am praying that I will heal enough by the end of summer to do some of those fun things.
- Pray for my church. I am blessed to be pastor of a wonderful church with many gifted and capable people. So many people have stepped forward to fill the void. In many ways, facing these limitations has been a good thing. It has caused me to focus on only the things that I can do and allow others to use their gifts in serving the kingdom.
Lessons I’m Learning
In my devotion this morning I read Hebrews 12:10, where it says:
He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
It is in times of difficulty that we can ask what is God teaching us. What is there to be learned through this? How is this struggle helping me to grow in holiness and godliness? Below are a few of the lessons I feel God is teaching me.
- God is teaching me patience. I am not a patient person and have a hard time sitting still. If you are in front of me when a light turns green and don’t move, it will not take long for you to get a horn.
- God is teaching me compassion. Our struggles and suffering helps us relate to, understand, and empathize with the suffering of others. God comforts us so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received (see 2 Corinthians 1:4).
- God is teaching me humility. I realize more and more that I cannot do everything. I am trusting more in others to help me and especially for God to help me.
- God is teaching me to listen and to seek him. There are emotional and physical challenges with which I am struggling. I am calling out on him more than ever, seeking his voice and wisdom.
- God is teaching me to rest in his presence. My treatment for the burn is simply to rest. There is physical rest, but even more important is to rest in his presence. I always feel as if I need to be doing something. I am inclined to find my value in what I do. But our value is not in found in doing, but in being. It is being in God’s presence as his children.
Again, thank you for your prayers and support. I am glad that you have subscribed to my mailing list or are a reader of my blog. If there is some way that I can pray for you, feel free to submit a prayer request.