Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Almond tree!

I woke up fairly late today, compared to the 6 a.m, steroid supercharged me I’m used to. The tapering dose of Prednisolone has reached 25mg, and continues to make me feel sapped of energy, but I’m not pushing the limits too much either!There is a snap of me trying exercise my proximal muscles fit by climbing up and down stairs in the garden. Anne caught me in the act! – Regular He-Man!
I made a quick trip to hospital in the afternoon, there was a presentation on Laparoscopic hernia repair and hemicolectomy at 4 pm in the Classroom, by Dr. David Rodda and Dr. Peter Hewett colorectal surgeons here for a colorectal workshop planned at the end of the week. The presentation was nice, and was interesting to see the fancy equipment that they use in Lap work compared to the stuff we use.
I was quite caught up by a tree outside our house today. This tree got me thinking. This is an Indian badham (Almond) tree that is dead, except for a bunch of deceptive green foliage from its lower branches. I guess that’s like ME before the Lymphoma episode. And now, 3 months of chemo, getting to know God better, spending time reading, blogging, thinking and talking about events,-He has really strengthened me from within. I guess I was a poorly nourished tree earlier, looking deceptively good, making the right outward choices, but probably not as alive within as God felt I needed to be. And maybe lymphoma and time off has been God's way to make me grow better Almonds!


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praying4u said...

hi arun, oops missed the t--he he
hi tarun,
nice to see u commend about the almonds,last week i was preparing astudy for jn 15.. the topic was pruning..i was amazed at how carefully done a process that is.. the care of the harvester is enormous the end product makes worth the while for him.. so is it in our cases too.. each of us branches are pruned in ways which suits us to produce the best yeild in the masters wisdom..most of the time unwillingly endured by us(U ARE AN EXCEPTION i would say to the usual crowd)..god bless u

praying4u said...

hey i came across this poem...hope it will encourage soemone

"Believing Him; if storm-clouds gather darkly 'round,
And even if the heaven seem brass, without a sound?
He hears each prayer and even notes the sparrow's fall.

"And praising Him; when sorrow, grief, and pain are near,
And even when we lose the thing that seems most dear?
Our loss is gain. Praise Him; in Him we have our All.

"Our hand in His; e'en though the path seems long and drear
We scarcely see a step ahead, and almost fear?
He guides aright. He has it thus to keep us near.

"And satisfied; when every path is blocked and bare,
And worldly things are gone and dead which were so fair?
Believe and rest and trust in Him, He comes to stay."

god bless u