I have been recovering from total bilateral hip replacement the last 3 months. The first month of that was pretty much flat on my back propped up with pillows and staring at the ceiling praying for God to help me or take me. It was quite honestly the most painful thing I’ve ever done to date (and yes, I have 3 children and 2 of those were C-sections). You see, I wasn’t the “standard” joint replacement that the “elderly” receive, but due to a congenital underdevelopment I had other complications and now have screws and cables around my bones. I thought I was prepared for what was to come, I mean….I knew it was going to be painful and looking back I can recall the word PATIENCE in nearly every sentence from my surgeon and briefly recall him saying “a year or more for full recovery” but hey, I’m fairly young, I was told as a child this was coming my way someday, I’m prepared right????? WRONG, BIG FAT WRONG! I HAVE NEVER LEANED ON JESUS MORE THAN I HAVE THE LAST 3 MONTHS. What does this have to do with Ephesians you ask? Don’t worry, I’ll get there!
You see in that very valuable advice, I had forgotten my worth in Christ and became very selfish. I turned to Ephesians for a lot of my recovery, remembering who I am IN CHRIST:
- I am chosen by Him Eph. 1:4
- adopted by Him Eph. 1:5
- He has accepted me Eph. 1:6 just as I was in that moment
- I am sealed in Him Eph. 1:13
- He has made an inheritance for me Eph. 1:11-12.
I have since gone back to work and am trying to carry this remembrance each day and to stay focused on Him, His calling in my life (especially while at work), my value and His power. I CAN’T do ANYTHING on my own and reality is, I can’t even breathe without Him. The other lesson Jesus reminded me of during my recovery time was a lesson taught often to children in church and that is putting on the full armor of God. Eph. 6:10-24 My epiphany in this adult time in my life is that the full armor of God isn’t just for the outside world but for inside as well. Just because I never left my house for the first month didn’t mean I was exempt from attack, in fact….I was my own worst enemy and felt dark in my own home. The enemy is everywhere and waiting to devour like a lion 1 Peter 5:8. The instance I realized these truths, I felt nothing but peace the rest of my home recovery time.
Since back to somewhat normal life I find myself listening closer to those around me and those I am discipling/counseling, and in listening to them my first question has since become, “do you know what Christ has done for you, do you know your value in Christ, and do you know the unlimited amount of wealth Jesus Christ offers you, and do you know how to get it?" If anything, this particular blog is a plea to PLEASE know your value in Christ, know Him and know Him well, and what He paid so we can have a relationship with Him 24 hours/day 7 days/week, know His power, and cash in on the riches He has for your life.