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Topic: CROOKED (04/30/20)
By Bonnie Kronberger
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Coming out of the coma, everyone wondered what could be restored in her twenty-five year old body and what was gone forever. Faye gradually learned the facts about her stroke, as the medical staff and family spoke to her about her lost days. The only offering she had was to stare silently at them. She prayed for healing. She prayed for death. She prayed, “Not my will Lord, but Your will be done.”
Faye knew something that was hidden from everyone else. Her mind was untouched. She wanted to shout, “I’m still me. I’m the same inside!”
But the day she saw herself in the mirror was the day she felt that was a lie. She saw a stranger, a misaligned face, unrecognizable to her. Her hope of recovery was shattered, her dream of wholeness, gone. She longed to curl into a ball and give up, but even that was impossible.
For days, Faye had an ongoing dialogue with God. She lamented, like Job, for what was lost. Faye knew God heard her, though no one else could. She poured her heart out to Him--the good, bad, and ugly. To lament is human, to surrender, divine. He brought her comfort, as He promises, and gave her a peace which the world can’t give. She surrendered all of her brokenness--body and soul--understanding her identity was not in how she looked or moved. She was a child of the King and that was enough.
Every night before sleep embraced her, she remembered who she was in Christ, and peace pushed away fear and sadness. Each morning she woke to the promise of God’s new morning mercies. And while she had no control of her unsightly body, her mind could go wherever she chose. “Jesus, today I choose Your peace.”
The unseen aneurysm, hiding in wait, quietly delivered the final mercy.
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