2018-01-31 - Foundations
When I was a young girl, our family pediatrician, Dr. Wolfson, was an excellent preceptor. He laid the groundwork for my understanding exactly what a physician was meant to do. Unlike many stereotypes portrayed on some type of screen, I learned from Dr. Wolfson that he was not only there to do more than just fix things happening in my body, but to also help me understand about how my own operated. Sure, there are many things about each of us that are the same, yet there are tendencies that are more common for mine, that when better understood are less likely to be upsetting to me. That knowledge is power, and he taught me how to trust my instincts about my own body and not let it unnecessarily rule my thoughts. The foundation is one of the keys to my emotional well-being, and I am grateful to have had Dr. Wolfson in my life, to share it with me. There are times that I veer from trusting the truths he helped me grasp, until finally I regroup and remember what he once told a school nurse unsure of sending me back to class after being sick: “What did she say she wanted to do?” Just today, I was reminded of that again when my eye was bothering me. My instinct said it was an eyelash that needed to be removed, and at first I could not see the lash. So I rinsed the eyelid, washed my face, rinsed the eye again - and when I had just about given up - I looked again. The lash was lying across my lower eyelid instead of being in my eye, or at an angle more noticeable. It was his voice getting me to look again, and as soon as I got it out, I immediately felt relief. For a few moments, I felt defeated, due to the fact I was just trying to write another devotional yet I could not focus, due to the irritation. So the doctor was telling the nurse to trust what I told her, based on how he taught me about my own body. Subsequently, if my gut said the discomfort was an eyelash, I just needed to check again and trust what I knew about me. Build on the foundation.
The foundation of eternal life is provided by the Father. He gives us his son to teach us the way back to Him. He knows each of his children, and even though we feel inadequate, we are far from that in his eyes. He knows we will waiver; we will stumble and sometimes lose our way. Yet he provides forgiveness and reminds us to trust what he has taught us, so we can move forward with the mission. Build on the foundation.
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:” (Proverbs 9:1)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.