Growing is uncomfortable. No way around it. These past few months for me have been very uncomfortable and I am finding myself better for it. Get too comfortable and you become stale.
|My "I'm all hopped up on pain killers" Smile|
I can't help but feel that my strength is being put to the test, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Physically I tore my ACL about a month after moving to New Zealand. It's the first sign I've had from my young body that I won't always be so. Anyone who has had this injury knows it is a slow healing one. In my case the entire ligament was torn and needed surgery to repair. In a simple instant, my beautiful knee gave out on me and it will take months of recovery to get back. Counting my blessings, I found myself in a town with amazing surgeons and a great support network of friends willing to visit me when I was bound to crutches. Already I am able to hike, bike and swim. Soon I will be able to run and there is my strength.
|Knee Rehab = Bike bike bike!|
Spiritually I am as broken and humbled as ever. Being humbled is an amazing place to be. It is here that you can truly access the spiritual. When I am on my knees, I am grounded and reminded of how miraculous it is to stand. On my most recent flight, I was a bit saddened because a missed connection in Nelson meant that I missed an entire weekend that I was supposed to spend at my best friend's bachelorette party. However I was humbled once again when the woman who was to sit next to me walked onto the plane shaking in tears. Her mother had just committed suicide and she had been traveling all day to get back home to her husband. In that moment I saw my troubles clearly and was humbled again. I couldn't offer much but I gave her the consoling words and pats on the arm and all the love I could muster. Praying silently I asked for comfort for her in a time where she could barely move. Here is my strength: my strength is in the Lord, in the humbling moments, in the heart wrenching ones.
|My first trip back into camping at Apple Tree Bay|
I am so thankful to be coming home to the US to see family and spend the holidays. To see the faces of those I love after several uncomfortable months of growing. And I can't help but believe that after a season of growth, I will soon see fruit - full and good.
|Hanmer Springs with the Frisbee family|
|Rabbit Island Barbecue|
|There was a trail here somewhere...|
|Proud business woman, reppin' the company with that hat and that face!|
|Camping at Apple Tree|