A piece of broken glass had embedded itself in the bottom of our daughter’s foot. She didn’t notice the glass until after the skin had grown over it because it only stung when she walked going down a slope. Our daughter and I wondered what the best method would be to get the glass out. There was no way I was going to dig around in her foot with a needle to try to find and remove the undetectable glass.
She wanted me to pray. Okay, I agreed.
Both my daughter and I are fully aware that the choice to pray doesn’t rule out other methods of healing. The prayer helps reveal the best way to witness to healing.
My prayer included an affirmation that my daughter is made of spiritual qualities such as joy, strength, clarity, wisdom, and wholesomeness. If this was the only truth about her, I realized that nothing unlike those spiritual qualities could embed themselves in her being. So, if it looks like impatience or unawareness is trying to work its way into our lives, I stop and re-anaylzye.
For example, if I am expecting my daughter to perform some ritual, as if it was necessary for her spiritual growth, and she becomes impatient, I stand back and respect her view instead of think rebelliousness could weasel its way into her being. Sure, enough, the respect allows me to see rightness to both views and we both move forward together.
We didn’t talk about her foot for 2 days. I trusted her thoughts to God.
Then, I was in the other side of the house and I heard our daughter call out, “Mom, come here!”
I went and she showed me her foot. On the bottom of her foot was a dented hole, the size of a dime, no raw skin, just normal skin with a dent. We concluded there must have been more than one piece of glass and it was obviously all gone.
But, the dent surprised us. So, we nodded our head and agreed to keep expanding on God’s complete work.
After a few more days, again I hear, “Mom, come here!” The bottom of her foot was undented, smooth. The removal of the glass was completely painless and convenient. I am humbled by this embedded memory.