When you have a stroke, or any life-altering illness, everything changes. Your physical body is not the same and nothing about your life feels “normal.” You feel drained and you are ushered through a wide range of emotions that move from feeling uncertain to desperate. Eventually with the grace of God, you are able to go from uncertainty and fear to acceptance and hope. Medical practitioners expect this wide range of emotions and they are ready to help you deal with your new reality. They are expertly trained to give you the tools you need to find your way again. It’s not easy, but it’s important to work with them, to trust their direction, and to accept your situation as soon as you can.
What I learned in my experience of suffering two strokes, was that any act of resistance on my part did not aid in my recovery. When I struggled to accept what I had to do in order to make physical and emotional progress, I got discouraged. I didn’t make any headway. I had momentary feelings of wanting to give up. I knew I needed help and because I had always been an independent guy, getting help from others, was really hard for me.
It took a lot of encouragement from family and friends and some special healthcare professionals before I could give up the fear, rest in God’s hands and do what needed to be done. As a Christian, you probably know that you often have to surrender your own will and your own desires to get to the place God wants you to be. When you accept your current reality, others can move to help you. When you resist, it’s hard for even God to help you. He needs your trust and your acceptance.
God can work with you once you’ve accepted what’s happened. He can offer hope for each new day as you strive to make progress. You may not be able to walk right away or even tie your shoes, but you will make progress as soon as you recognize you are totally in God’s hand. Acceptance brings hope and hope makes all the effort you’re making worthwhile. Keep going. You and God together can do what needs to be done. I know because I’ve been right there where you are.
The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to those who seek him.
Lamentations 3:25, NCV