Nearly four years have passed since the surgery I was recovering from when I wrote today’s devotion. As I re-read my bio I was struck by the many changes that have occurred in my life since then!
My hip has healed completely, and I try not to take my pain-free gait for granted. Nevertheless, days go by in which I don’t think twice about walking from one place to another, an act that consumed my thoughts before surgery and during the months of recovery thereafter. As I begin my third decade as a pediatrician, the human body’s capacity for healing continues to astound me.
My children have "graduated" from Vacation Bible School and now volunteer to assist with the little kids. My role with the young people in our church has evolved from teacher to youth group leader. I guide middle and high school students as we participate in group activities and service projects such as Maureen’s Haven (a program for people who are homeless) and Samaritan’s Purse.
Writing has become a bigger part of my life. I am currently working on a novel for middle grade students about a non-athletic seventh grade boy who has to participate in a 5K race. As he trains, he gains confidence not only in his skills, but also in his intrinsic worth as a person. The message I want to get across to my young readers is "you matter." It’s a message that children today desperately need to hear. I see many young people in my practice who feel overwhelmed, unable to measure up, and unimportant. I suspect that many of us adults have felt that way also at one time or another in our lives; I know that I have. The truth is, we are all important, dearly loved and cherished by our creator. We all matter, especially to God. And we all have God-given talents that we can use to further the kingdom.
It’s easy to view seasons of change as stressful, but change is quite often a positive event. Children grow and mature, work becomes more rewarding, and new opportunities arise. Even when unwelcome changes occur in my life, I am okay as long as I remember that God is in control, orchestrating all things for my good (Romans 8:28). And I am comforted to know that, even when everything is changing around me, I am safe in the arms of the one who is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
- Susan Walker-Spring
Pictured above: Susan Walker-Spring with four of her kids (top) and members of Susan's youth group preparing to serve a Saturday morning breakfast for people experiencing homelessness (below).