Tuesday, May 10, 2011

At therapy today, I shook the hand of a dead man...

I'm undergoing hand therapy after finger and wrist surgery. There are days when I feel sorry for myself for always getting banged up or broken. There are so many things that I can not do anymore because of all of my injuries. I try to stay positive and tell myself that there must be a reason God has allowed me to go through all the things that have hurt me, but I'd be lying if I told you that I don't ever get down...that I don't ever cry.

When I am feeling that way, I try to stay home. Away from friends, family...any peering eyes that can detect my weakness. I don't want to be discouraged, but sometimes...I am.

Imagine my shame then when a man comes in to therapy with a brilliant smile on his face and a dead man's hands on the end of his arms. He is the recipient of a double hand transplant and he is the most amazing person I have ever met. After being severely burned and nearly dying, he lost the use of his hands and chose to undergo a risky transplant, never done before.

He gives God the glory for saving his life and for giving him his new hands. As he holds a hand out for me to shake, I look up into his eyes and take his hand into mine. I've told him what an inspiration he is to me, but as I feel his fingers close around my own, a tightness forms in my chest. My throat burns as I choke back tears and return his smile when he says, "Man! It feels good to do that."

I have learned that to give God the praise in every little thing that I CAN do, is all He wants me from me today.


  1. Wow Betsy! What a lesson learned!! And so good for the rest of us to hear. You're right...all we have to do is look around us to know we are abundantly blessed by the God Who sees, cares, and loves.

    And I know that God does have a special purpose for you. YOU are such a blessing to all of us who know you just by being YOU! I love you, girl!

  2. This is one fine piece of writing. Thank you!

  3. Without trials, there is no true strength. It is always through adversity that we find God's refining and strength...which is the only true strength there is..all else is pride. God reminds us in His Word that "My strength is made perfect in your weakness." When we are weak, then He is strong! You are a warrior my friend...fight on!