Hands. Like many parts of our body, we take them for granted…but what would we do without them? Have you ever thought about how many times you use them a day?
I have been pondering this because Jessie bit my hand today, making it semi-useless, when I tried to take something from her forcefully that she didn’t want to give me, and her animal instincts kicked in. I knew better, but I was mad. Note to self: don’t get mad and scare your dog by yelling at her, then try to take something forcefully from her possessive mouth–the combination of your anger and quick forward motion will make her animal instincts kick in and she will attack. Duh.
So now I have a swollen and bruised hand that is painful to use. I have it bandaged where her teeth punctured (that part isn’t too bad), and am thinking about how many times I’m going to have to change my bandages a day since I wash my hands often. I’m thankful that it isn’t painful to type (after all, my job depends on that ability!), but it seems I can’t use it for anything else: grasping a knife, lifting, even using it to push up my sleeves. I really miss my hand.
We often don’t consider our blessings until we don’t have them any more. Thankfully this is an injury and not a permanent setback. But it was enough to make me consider something as “minor” as my hands and how useful they are, and how thankful I am to have both of mine.
God gave us an incredible ability to adapt to our situations as humans, and I know there are people without hands that learn to use their feet for everything…there are even artists who use their feet for painting! But I bet they would tell you they wish they still had their hands. Just like I wish I still had a working pancreas, though I’ve learned to manage my blood sugar well without it.
Today, let’s not wait until we’ve lost something to appreciate it. What can you think of that you usually take for granted that you are thankful for today?
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