As you, my readers are fully aware, my car accident last month has curtailed my postings here and other places. Two weeks ago I posted a column in COMMON MATTERS, (/link) about the "diminished value" of my vehicle since the accident. To date, I still do not have my Malibu back. Allstate has still not paid for my medical bills which the hospital has kindly deferred payment till February 10th.
This week my newspaper column is about what I call diminished value of life due to the difficulty I've had with my neck and shoulders. I'll spare you the details here, just in case you want to read my column that comes out on Thursday. Suffice it to say here, that through all the chiropractic adjustments, pain meds and muscle relaxers, I have re-learned a few things.
It's really not the big things that break us in life. It is the little day to day things we place confidence in--our health, our possessions, our finances, our abilities. I've re-learned that though my car has diminished value due to over 7,000 dollars worth of damage, that life has more value. I've re-learned that the little things we take for granted--going to a friend's house to teach English conversation, the ability to lean over a table and paint or work a puzzle, the ease of lifting an arm to blow-dry my hair, the freedom of driving without prohibition due to driving under the influence of pain medications--are things that add value to life. These things, capability, ability, freedom--though diminished somewhat, cannot destroy the satisfaction and contentment one has in one's heart. These annoyances and aggravations, these discomforts and difficulties, do not remove the grace of God, the peace of God, nor the love of God.
He still provides His mercies each morning. He still fuels my spirit each moment. He still releases His joy to my heart. Life may be diminished a bit, but dissatisfied I am not. I can still laugh at funny situations, revel in my grandchildren's energy, and bask in their delights. I have comfort of encouraging friends, a caring family, and God's watchcare. And my lot in life is a rainbow of glory compared to the storms in the lives of folks less fortunate.
"I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He will keep that which I've committed to Him against each day." selahV