As I am writing this blog my left foot is protruding from under my desk, packed in what they call an “aircast walker”. My holidays had a somewhat different ending than originally planned: While playing football with some of my brothers and nephews at our annual family reunion in Germany I tore my Achilles Tendon. It was a classic rupture – while tackling my 17-year old nephew Tim I felt a sharp sudden pain in my left lower leg, just underneath the calf. It felt like somebody had sneaked up from behind and kicked me with all his might. Only when I looked around there was nobody who could have done it. This is the classic description of an Achilles Tendon Rupture as I was told. So instead of spending the rest of the Weekend with my extended family I had to go into hospital, undergo surgery and spend 5 days there. After that I was released with a brand new pair of blue crutches and my new boot – the “aircast walker” – which I will have to wear for at least 6 weeks. The pain is bearable and I am doing really well under the circumstances.
Instead of diving right back into work I had a delayed return, and now I am slowly trying to shift into working gear. I won’t be able to drive for quite a while, but apart from that I can do most of my work at my desk. Steve Morley graciously agreed to preach for me on Sunday, which I appreciated and enjoyed immensely. Next Sunday I want to start preaching again.
Although this is quite a painful and unpleasant experience I discovered that it had also a lot of positive aspects and side effects. For example: due to the delay I had the privilege of spending some extra days with my aging parents. Unhurried conversations, sharing memories and stories, singing russian songs… we had a great time. The love and willingness to help that was extended to me by my church family have also been overwhelming. It’s great to be part of a community like that. So I am counting my blessings and thinking of the verse in Romans 8,28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”