Linda Wood Rondeau

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SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS
11/19/2018 1:00:00 AM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

 

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
 your young men will see visions

(Joel 2:28 NIV)

 

In preparation for a hip replacement, I have been going to physical therapy twice a week. My therapist, a young man named John, has been diligently working to strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip in order to facilitate a faster recovery.

The other day, after I joked about life in general, he laughed, and said, “You make my day.” As I was making my appointments for the next week, he told the scheduler, “Make sure she sticks with me. I’m selfish. I want to keep the good ones.”

I know I’m not that special.

But I began to wonder why he might feel this way. Perhaps he likes patients with good attitudes. I suppose not all of the clients are in good spirits … most are probably in a lot of pain. While I do experience pain, I try not to dump my discomfort on others. I suppose he likes the fact that I’m fiercely independent. As I told him, “I more stubborn than wise.”

We talk about spiritual matters as well. I encourage him to be good to his wife. We talk about his children and understand how he has days of complete frustration. I wonder if God has not allowed me to endure this process … for such a time as this … to be a source of light in the darkness.

As I look at this verse, I wonder how it’s possible to dream dreams after a certain age. I’ve raised a family, had a career, and am now enjoying the fruits of retirement.  Yet, I write, and I’m pursuing a new path as a motivational speaker. My dreams are not as large as they once were, yet, God has given me a new sense of purpose.

Sometimes I wonder, though, how he expects me to soar with broken wings. Age shouts at me all too often. Bad eyes, bad ears, days when I struggle to get out of bed, damaged joints, and forgetfulness. He reminds me I am not out of dreams yet. He still has a plan for my life and ministry to accomplish. Even if it’s only a smile and a thank you to an under-appreciated caregiver.

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Sandy Quandt From TX At 11/19/2018 11:16:57 AM

Praying all goes well with the therapy, surgery, and recovery.

Reply by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Thanks so much. I'm ready and have peace.

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