We were awakened yesterday morning by a crashing sound, followed by Daniel's cries for help. I found him lying on his back at the bottom of the stairs. Apparently he had gone upstairs to use the restroom and on his way back down, in the dark, he missed a step. His arm was hurting and it didn't look right.
His broken arm experience yesterday brought back many memories:
Joshua's second time to break his arm (when he was almost 6) by taking a tumble off his bedroom's windowsill into the balcony.
Jordan breaking her arm when she was 8, by attempting to kick Joshua's Tae Kwon Do pad (while wearing a long straight skirt and socks on our tile floor). It didn't stop her from participating in bowling and archery at Joshua's 10th birthday party.
CJ breaking his arm by falling down a ravine during his wilderness experience the summer before he started college (which included a memorable Coast Guard rescue).
These memories help me to be
Grateful for God's provision and protection.
Thankful for how He equips our bodies for physical healing. And can transform our hearts through spiritual healing.
But also, Aware of the limitations that having a broken arm brings.
Reminded, as I've been doing more to help Daniel, of how much help he needed when he joined our family. Brushing his teeth, giving him a bath, helping him get dressed... he was like a 7 year old infant after his brain infection 2 ½ years ago. He has gained so much more independence since then; this going back in time is helpful for me to see how far he's come. From those early days that Didn't Feel Exciting because I was worried if Daniel would ever be able to communicate with us...I'm thankful that he is now able to communicate so well with us, and that he is usually a very happy boy.
As we came downstairs after his bath this morning (and I made sure he was using the handrail with his good left hand), I helped him put his watch on and he let out a deep sigh, saying “We're all good!”
I think that's a pretty good summary of what broken bones can teach us: Even in the midst of pain and brokenness, we can choose to be positive. God has truly given us so much to be thankful for.