Here are some things I have learned while dealing with a dysfunctional ankle.
1. You realize how many little things you take for granted. Everything from going to the bathroom with ease, to a long walk off a short pier, a subtle reminder of how much worse things can be. Even beyond that life is not half bad.
2. In modern Christianity we are not prevented infection, we are already infected. On top of that the illnesses are not recognized so now you have the sick telling the sick that they are healthy. At this point we do not need to prevent the disease, but manage the epidemic.
3. That three days in a fish must have sucked. God is humorous, doubly so when he uses a man being swallowed by fish to show His compassion and mercy. Also an interesting fact about Jonah is he was from Galilee. The Pharisees said no prophet ever came from Galilee, which in turn shows, they knew very well that they were lying. I actually just noticed that this was item number three.
4. Literal crutches drive you to need figurative crutches. Even a minor injury illustrates just how much we need Him for support.
5. No matter how many times you read it “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” never lacks in entertaining goodness.
6. Sometime, when you feel a deeper down than possible times before, God brings ironic humor to light at 3: 30 in the morning, that makes the universe seem ever so slightly brighter.
7. I still have my mind, the one thing that can never be taken from me, for better or for worse.
8. Hobbits, and how their lives and lives are just as interesting as their stories themselves. I guess that is what I love about the Lord of the Rings. The heroes are not the mighty in stature, or wise in the lore, but the simple everyday folks, whose journeys were bestowed upon them out of the clear blue sky.
9. Faith churches that hold snakes are mental. Even from a Christian stand point that is still pretty outrageous. I mean snakes are disgusting first of all, but to actually test God by holding and taunting them. Sheesh… Better your grave than mine I guess. Seriously though, that is like steeping in front of a bus, and if it hits you and you die you had faith, but if it does not you did not. Absolutely ludicrous. The ignorance of humanity never ceases to amaze me.
10. Garrison Keillor never gets old.