Each and every day seems to hold something new and interesting. The following represents just a smattering of these facts and activities in the past week.
- Last week’s two Wedding posts on this blog have amassed a total of 406 “views.” You folks must be saps for weddings!
- One month from Monday, on February 12th, I am scheduled for brain surgery.
- We received a $19,000 bill in the mail from the hospital asking for immediate payment (Mayo’s $5,000 bill has already been completely processed). Karla nearly had a coronary until we found out the insurance company messed up. All we have to cover is two reasonable deductibles for all this fun and adventure. I wonder how much brain surgery costs. I’m guessing $100,000.
- My wife Karla is amazing. For over 13 years at our current church she has faithfully seen to it that each one of our children is up, fed, dressed, and delivered to church on Sunday mornings…without so much as the lifting of a finger by me. I am normally at the church on Sunday mornings long before anyone else is up. Granted, it is somewhat easier with the 16 year old than the 3 year old. Nevertheless, I stand amazed. All this, and nearly a 100% on-time arrival rate. She stands as a stellar model for all families (in this and many other ways) to be prompt for corporate worship services.
- Karla bought me a green beanie hat to wear in public after surgery. I have no idea what my head will actually look like.
- I really am supposed to be right hand dominant. The final comprehensive report we received from Mayo last week included the results from the functional MRI. One of the assessments was this: “There is ambiguity to the handedness of this patient…Based on cortical activation, the patient should be right-handed dominant. Based on cerebellar activity the patient should be left-handed dominant.” What I think this means is that since this massive AVM has been there since before birth, in God’s design of the brain, He caused my brain to largely re-wire itself to account for the deformity…confusing my “handedness” but compensating for much more important things. While I have been mostly a left-handed person my entire life, I don’t think I started out that way.
- I am certifiably pathetic. There are days when I have spent hours reading my own blog and the comments left behind by you all…which I greatly appreciate. You have to agree though…that’s pathetic. Narcissism, depression, something else, or some combination? Who knows.
- I seriously do wonder what will fill the space where this AVM is located once it is removed… if indeed it is the size of a peach.
- Karla and I saw the movie Seven Pounds starring Will Smith Sunday evening. Very thought provoking. My contention is that the best movies, other than documentary type films, always have a very strong and undeniably redemptive theme. I think God has designed the human soul to resonate with the theme of redemption. And so, if one ever watches a movie and feels empty afterwards, I contend that one has wasted one’s time and money. While I think the producers of Seven Pounds wanted the audience to walk away thinking they had seen redemption, that is not what this couple saw. Attempts at self redemption yes…I see it everywhere. But the redemption that Christ offers is far superior. Romans 3:23ff. says “…for all have sinned and falls short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forth as a proptitiation by his blood to be receive by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness…so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” One take away from this movie: Don’t text and drive. After the movie we redeemed a gift card at Texas Road House and proceeded to put on at least seven pounds between us.
- I found out this week that of the 206 bones in the human body there is only ONE that is not connected to another bone. It is a V-shaped bone in the neck called the hyoid that supports the tongue and serves as an attachment point for several muscles and elevates the larynx for speech and swallowing. If this bone did not exist speech would not be possible, but chimps also have hyoid bones and all they can do is make chimp noises. Because of the precise placement in the human body this bone makes intelligible speech possible. The Bible tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God has designed human beings in such a way so that we are to praise Him with words…written, thought, spoken, and sung.