"In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Today is another milestone. It's not really one with the bone-marrow transplant recovery, unless there's something about Day 114 that we don't know about. But it's Tammy's 50th birthday (though most people tell us they don't believe she's really that old).
We remember as children thinking that 50 was really old. Now that we've both reached that point, we don't think it is. We're nowhere near the end of the road. We have so much more work to do for the Kingdom of God. We look forward to going back to Poland as soon as the doctors allow it. We look forward to Tammy being able to go back to church and eventually teach the 4s and 5s, who are so dear to her. But no matter what the future holds, we know that God is in control. We know that He is working on us and through us to accomplish His will. That's exciting.
I bought Tammy a Brandon Heath CD for her birthday. One of our favorite songs on that CD is "Wait and See." We have embedded a video below. The song acknowledges that sometimes we don't know why things happen, and we certainly don't deserve good things to happen to us. We mess things up constantly. But God uses imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will.
Still wondering why I’m here
Still wrestling with my fear
But oh, He’s up to something
And the farther on I go
I’ve seen enough to know
That I’m not here for nothing
He’s up to something
Tammy continues to improve, slowly but surely. The normal recovery time from gall bladder surgery is two weeks, so she's halfway there. But she didn't start from a healthy platform, so it might take a little longer. I notice a difference each day when I get home from work. She seems a little perkier and has a little more appetite. It's sometimes hard to remember how limited she was even three months ago.
But as God works on her--and through her with her witness of His strength and sustenance--she will become more like the person He wants her to be. He's just not finished with her yet.