Since undergoing a total shoulder replacement, I have learned a great deal about how impatient and stubborn I can be, and that is not good.
Being independent, I find it hard to accept that I need help. In the hardest first few weeks, I did begrudgingly accept that help from family and friends would make healing easier.
In James 1:2-4, we read: “…whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance…”
I did not experience the joy, but I thank God daily for family, church family, friends and acquaintances who have helped me through this healing period. We all think, “I can do it by myself,” but let me tell you that you can’t. It takes faith in a very loving God to forgive the feelings of inadequacy of doing it alone and to ask for help.
Today we remember Barnabas, apostle (transferred). This message was adapted from the monthly devotion by Peggy Tooker in the May 2017 issue of Tapestry, the newsletter of the Northern Texas-Northern Illinois Synodical Women’s Organization.