October 8, 2014
Thanks to the many of you that have inquired about my condition since the cycling accident and have been praying for me. I am deeply grateful! The surgery was successful thanks to God’s gracious help and my gifted surgeon. Dr. Thomas came in to pray with me before surgery, asking God for wisdom and guidance. What a blessing and comfort!
Now six weeks later, my ribs are fully healed, my voice is strong and I have resumed our touring schedule. Physical therapy is going well and will continue for several months until I have regained full use of my left arm.
In the unexpected down time I was reminded of some important things. The outpouring of kindness from friends and family surprised me. During a time of weakness, those around me showed tenderness that was overwhelming. Weakness and dependency is not my default; I prefer to be strong and independent. But the illusion of strength often keeps others away. In reality I am in need of others all the time.
Taking time off from traveling, singing and speaking, forced me to remember my true identity. I am not what I do! My life and identity are in Christ. It sounds simple but is such a liberating truth.
God provided in every way during the two-months I had to stop. Even though the healing is slow, it is still miraculous! I want everything instantly! God’s timetable made me be still and remember that He sovereignly rules all things. His provision came from unexpected places! Our Father is tender, and His loving-kindness continues to give us sustaining joy.
I am thrilled to be back at the work God has given me, but more aware than ever of my frailty and the fact that life can change in an instant! So, for health and strength to serve my King I am grateful.
Continued blessings to each of you,