Published July 17, 2012

Shelia Shares....
"Maintain Position"

The first two weeks following my eye surgery for vitreous macular traction syndrome (macular hole) I needed to keep my head in a downward position. (There was and is a gas bubble in my eye. It needs to float in the right place so the eye heals properly.) For fifty minutes of every hour, I needed to maintain this downward position. I knew the rules before going into the surgery and I questioned how to be positive during this enforced inactivity. It was truly a commitment.

After surgery when I went to the doctor and pharmacy, I kept my head in a downward position. It was very obvious. In fact, on one doctor visit we got into the elevator with another couple. As the door closed, the man asked, "Is his office still on third floor?" I assured him it was. Nobody mentioned a doctor's name. My head's position was evidence enough.

The two weeks weren't as bad as expected. I had the equipment that I needed. There was an oval headrest and cushion for sleeping and a message chair with headrest for when I was awake. Both became quite comfortable. In fact, the headrest for sleeping was comforting since I didn't have to worry that I wouldn't maintain the correct position. The equipment forced me into maintaining position.

Your prayers for me made a big difference. I could feel God walking through this time with me and that gave a peace that I would not have expected – a calm within the storm.

I also had help from family and friends. For the first two week, each day I had someone with me. Not only did they fix or heat up my meal, but they talked to me and helped when I needed help. A positive attitude was much easier as I listened and shared with family and friends.

Maintaining position was made easier since I knew it would be necessary for only two weeks. Two weeks was a short time when I knew obeying the rules could affect the quality of the rest of my life. There was purpose in maintaining position.

Do you see the parallels in our spiritual lives? We are in a spiritual fight every day with Christ on our side and the devil doing all he can to stop us.

When I accepted Christ, I knew it was a commitment. I knew when I made the decision that I needed to remain based on Jesus Christ. There was no other way to be successful.

I had the equipment I needed. Ephesians 6 talks about being "strong in the Lord and the power of His might." It tells me to "stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints and for me..." The equipment is provided for me if I am willing to use it.

This verse mentions the prayers – mine and those of my church family around the world. We all need prayer support to stand firm. We are not in this fight alone. God has given us brothers and sisters in the faith. God has given us people that need our encouragement and support, but who also give the encouragement and support that we need.

We also know that this spiritual battle is not forever. A lifetime is short when we view it through the eyes of forever. When maintaining my Christian position can affect my eternity and the eternity of others, why would I waiver?

As you look at your life, are you in position? Has your spiritual "equipment" become dusty or been put in storage? Are you remembering to "dress" each morning? Maintain your position today. Tomorrow you could be celebrating in eternity with God Himself.

- Shelia

PS.  So how am I doing? Good. I can look around, but not up. I can sleep on my sides or stomach, but not on my back. I can walk around and do light activity, but I cannot exercise or aerobic walk. I can write for limited times on the computer. Reading is still difficult. I can manage to read 15 minutes but not half-an-hour before both eyes become blurred.

With my right eye, I can see from the very top of my eye but the lower 8/10 is still blurred and has a dark fog across it. This is a big improvement from the week of surgery and I am encouraged by that. I keep my right eye closed most of the time since this is most comfortable. I was cautioned before surgery that it would be six months before we would know the surgery's success, so I still have over five months to pray and wait.

I have at least one more week off from work before I will try to go to the office and do my job. Your emails assuring me of prayers have meant so much and your continued prayers mean more to me than I can express. Thanks for being a blessing.

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