Monday, January 23, 2006

The Future.

It was an absolute whopper of a day. Chockablock full! Before I get up to what I was up to, I must mention that Professor Mike Keighley who is a famous British Colorectal surgeon and helping me on the Cochrane paper spoke in chapel last night. It was such a lovely message, his theme was of worshipping God, and apart form many things he spoke of seizing opportunities to worship when we least expect, examples he gave were like walking our dog, driving to work for scrubbing up for surgery! Nice thought!
Anne had her checkup in the Obstetrics department at 9:30 am today, so I tried to finish doing an anorectal physiology for a patient at 8 am. My good friends at the department quietly sent me another one as well. So I had to finish fairly quickly to avoid, an irritated wife waiting at the OB & Gyn OPD. Seized chances at worshipping as I had just learnt, while doing my manometry (and gritted my teeth) and got to doing both things on time. Phew! Divine intervention…
Baby Koby is doing OK, or so Anne’s doctor feels – but Anne needs to do some blood tests and to follow up in 3 weeks or so. Its so nice to be a part of the entire process, even thought we men can hardly do anything physically. Koby has become such a strain on Anne’s back, the only physical effort I can offer is an occasional back massage! Getting pretty good at it really!
Today is Jan 23. This day in 1999, Graham Stanes – an Australian Missionary was burnt in India, with his 2 sons in his car. He was a man who did God's work. There is a link to some text about them and the picture where Baripada is on the map.
It is to this hospital in Orissa that Anne and I have committed ourselves to work, and believe God has called us - after we finish our training in Vellore. Keep this calling of ours in your thoughts and prayers too.


Anonymous said...

PSALM 139 - The Presence of God

6Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.

7Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?

8If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there.(C)

9If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me,

12Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.(D)

13For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb.

14I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.

15My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].

16Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.

17How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!(E)

18If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.


Sent by the same Anonymous that sent writings by Anabel Gilham

Eddie said...

Hi Tarun,
Good to know that Anne is doing well, pal!! Keep up with the massages.. You might become a professional masseur someday along with a MS in!

So, Baripada is the calling? Really awesome to know that this is where you guys are going..
I'm sure God is going to do mighty things through you guys.