During our two days at Mayo Clinic we gained a much better perspective on the pain and difficulties many face in this life.  After all, many of the worst cases of everything, often end up at Mayo.  Karla talked to a husband and wife from Florida who just a week ago (the wife) had a seizure out of the blue…like me.  She lost all of her speech for a couple of days and spent some time in the Intensive Care Unit.  When she was well enough to travel they came on a plane to Rochester.  When Karla talked with them they had just recently found out that she had a huge inoperable brain tumor.  They asked why we were there and Karla briefly explained what we were going through.  The husband told Karla to “Go home and cuddle in bed with your husband.  They will figure out something to do here.”

Everywhere we looked we saw people with major physical problems.  During an afternoon consultation at St. Mary’s hospital I struck up a conversation with a 23 year old guy named Alex from Florida who had been paralyzed after diving into the Gulf of Mexico off of a dock.  He said he had been drinking and that his girlfriend had told him not to do it.  He did it anyway.  Now he is confined to a motorized wheelchair.

It made me think back to some of my own stupid antics as a teenager, particularly jumping into the Skunk River off a railroad trestle southwest of Newton.  It was a long way down into a narrow hole that had to be hit just right.  We didn’t dive. We just jumped. Two years later I heard of another teenager who was paralyzed doing the exact same thing at that very spot.  God’s Providence is His unceasing activity whereby He causes all things to work out exactly according to His designs.  Thank you Lord for your protection even when it was not recognized, asked for, or appreciated.

Lots of people hear lots of very troubling news at the Mayo Clinic.  It’s real. It’s undeniable.  It’s in your face and nothing can change it.  As you read these words I ask you to consider this question: Where does your hope lie?  Be honest.  I don’t know how I could sleep at night if Hebrews 6:19 was not ingrained into my soul. “This hope (of ultimate safety in Christ) we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters the veil where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us…”

A large anchor can hold a big ship safely in a mighty storm.  A Christian’s hope is anchored to Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and ascended into heaven.  This is the only thing in this universe that is truly firm and secure.


2 thoughts on “Perspective”

  1. Having an AVM and dealing with all of this…it certainly is a journey!!

    There are many of us out here that have similar experiences (and some not so similar, as mine is a facial AVM.)

    If you are interested in talking with people who know exactly what you are going through, can offer you support, encouragement, and maybe even a little info, please check out the AVM Survivors Network

    I wish you and your family the best on this journey.



  2. What a blessing to “understand.” One hates what needs to be gone through in order to reach that point of understanding, and yet, how precious it is to be able to know what others go through… We are so much better prepared to minister to those around struggling with fear, sorrow, pain, loss… It puts a fresh reality behind our words and bonds us together with those around who are also struggling. May God bless you and continue to grant you peace (it is a constant battle for peace-one not easily won, but a constant struggle to remain there). We will be praying for God’s clarification as to the path He wishes you to follow…


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