That thought reminds me about how God always knows and always sends us exactly what we need, when we need it. This week was busy and tough-- but not too tough or so busy that I can't get out to my beloved Canillá "family" and spiritual retreat tomorrow! We had enough surgeries to fill busy days but not so many that we had to turn people away. And only God realized how much more I could rest without having others traveling with me.
Don't get me wrong-- it's also more fun when others are with me! But right now I would be out to dinner with them or worrying about what they needed to find in the market tomorrow and making coffee for the morning and talking til all hours of the night. Instead, I am sitting here with no need to apologize for my stinky feet and getting ready to go to bed!
If ever I needed a week that was a little less emotionally and mentally taxing, this was it. Funny how that always work out, right?
The even cooler part is the way that God sent so many precious patients exactly what they needed this week! At least two surgeries that Tom and I did together (along with excellent help still from Cesy and Lindsey...) were significantly challenging-- to the point where I would really worry whether a less conscientious and well-trained Guatemalan surgeon would have really made a mess! This is not to brag on my abilities or training, mind you, but God has given Tom and I the gift of excellent training (him definitely more than me!) for this purpose. Just another reminder how all things work together for the good of those who love Him.
I did snap a few more pictures today to share-- Lindsey and Cesy each operating, them both with a family we operated on today, and probably my favorite in quite a while-- Sweet Sebastiana when I saw her this morning before her surgery, with her Bible open beside her on the bed to Psalms (her favorite is Psalm 67). I don't think there is a more welcome sight for a Christian surgeon on pre-op rounds! (Hate that her eyes are closed, but didn't notice until later :-/)
God bless her and all of you~ Please keep praying for fast recoveries; the patients all look great so far!