Yes finally, my doctor allowed me to take off this sling. It’s been part of my life for a full three months. What a relief to finally slide my right arm into the sleeve of a tee-shirt!
My arm is healing, but I still require care. The sling may be off but only in the house. When I am outside, I still have to wear it. I can’t yet do any lifting, even as simple as putting a dish in the cupboard.
Strangely what I miss most now is the sling. It is pleasant to slide it back on. I feel safe in it.
Yet I wanted if off while I had to wear it. Aren’t we a perverse people?
The sling is something I cannot continue to wear for the rest of my life. The sling which I need for a while now prevents my arm from returning to its original strength. My sling was my necessary protection. Now it has become my leaning post.
May I dare ask you this question? What habits have you formed and still cling to? The closer we get to Jesus the less we will need our slings, our protective bad habits. Our need is not in human type slings but Godly ones.
What is your comfort? The right answer is in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NIV where it is mentioned abundantly.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NIV)
Prayer- Lord, give us courage to let go of our earthly slings and instead cling to yours. Amen.