By Victoria Taylor
People tend to only be thankful when things are going lovely. The bills are paid, the kids are happy and healthy, the marriage is going swell, there’s enough food to feed an army, and the gas prices are reasonable. No one seems to think about giving thanks when uncomfortable situations come knocking at the door. Sure it may not seem like a time to be happy, but the words of God says, “in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I feel the need to share a testimony of what my family is facing right now.
I have a four-year-old son named Caleb who is the happiest, healthiest, smartest little boy in the world, but he walks on his tippy toes. Now people may look at him and say, there’s nothing wrong with that, but he’s uncomfortable and he has come to my room many of nights complaining about his calves, Achilles tendons and toes hurting. Like any mother you want your child to live comfortable, so we took him to an Orthopedic Specialist recently.
As the doctor examined his feet and legs he sat there the whole time with the biggest smile on his face. After the exam she turned to me and said, “He’s going to need bilateral short leg cast”. I never heard that term before, so I had to ask her to explain. A few minutes later Caleb and I were helping the technician rap his legs in casts. “This will help him walk flat footed,” she said. As he got up to walk for the first time in his bilateral cast and cast shoes he said, “wow! I can’t walk on my tippy toes” and the tech said, “that was the plan.”
So today will be his first time doing his normal routine in his cast and he’s amped. He calls them his “Super” shoes. He will have to wear them for 6 weeks total. After three weeks they will recast his legs and feet. Next he will have to wear Ankle Foot Orthosis, (AFO braces) for two years. Wow that seems like a long time doesn’t it? But once they put them on they will re-check his progress every six months to see if he walks flat footed for three days. If he’s successful they will remove them.
What I’ve learned from this incident is to be thankful. Be thankful that my son is happy and okay. That there are ways to help him with this minor condition and that it’s not a lost cause. There are millions of kids out there who may suffer from serious disabilities and I say to you give thanks. People might look at him and find pity, but he’s not bummed out about it. Children are not the ones usually bummed out. It’s normally the adults that can’t picture seeing their child like that. No one wants to see their child in pain and looked at by others as if there is something wrong with them. But praises be to God that he looks at us and smiles.
We are approaching a season when it’s easy to get caught up in having more. Sometimes we lose our focus on what’s important. Cherishing family, health, peace, joy and wholeness is far better than having a fat turkey on the table with all the trimmings. God needs to know that you’re thankful for everything. As you enjoy your Thanksgiving remember to truly give thanks.