The re-weaving has been accomplished! Amazingly, it is natural and beautiful – a true medical miracle.
Eleven days post-surgery, I am recuperating at home from my recent bilateral breast reconstruction and hysterectomy. While looking for a fitting Bible reference for this evening’s blog post, lo and behold, I discovered in scripture the perfect description of what recently took place in the operating room:
The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it. (II Chronicles 24:13 NIV)
I love that. Especially since Paul tells us in I Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Being rebuilt in the natural also mirrors a deeper reinforcement that’s gone on in the hidden places within my wellspring.
As I looked at the Chronicles passage in the original, it was deeply meaningful to see that repairs means restoring to soundness, wholeness, health, perfected. Praise the Lord and pass the scalpel!
It gets even better. Temple (of God) means, in one aspect, daughter. What lovely confirmation that the surgical team was indeed rebuilding the daughter of God, in measured proportion (original design) and reinforcing me to be alert, physically on foot and mentally in courage, steadfastly minded, strong and stronger, increased and prevailing. Can there be a better depiction of what Abba has been up to through this long season of tearing down and building up? I think not. And I am humbly grateful, filled with love for my Heavenly Father who loves this child of His so very much that He would take such pains.
Though I’d love to show you a photo of the restoration, it’s probably not appropriate in this blog. I will simply tell you again, it’s amazing. Abba knows how to satisfy our heart’s desires. He is so good.
Phase three, the final stage of this journey since July 2010, is behind me. Christ has conquered cancer in me a second time. He has done a thorough and finishing work – with the pathology reports to prove it.
In the weeks ahead I’ll continue concentrating on recovering my strength and stamina, getting off the pain meds, growing my hair (though it’s sprouting well without much help from me!), and cleaning out my closet in preparation for some long-awaited new clothes. (There’s got to be a perk to all this, don’t you agree?!)
All the while, I am keenly aware that being tried twice in the fire, though it has taken me down, has not taken me out. It has only served to make me stronger. My Bible buddy Paul once again said it so well…
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (II Corinthians 4:8-10,16)
Enjoying my R&R – Renewal & Restoration,