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    Reflection: Life’s Challenges – Part 2

    By Marylin Kilsby

    Almost a year ago, on October 15, I wrote a Reflection called Life’s Challenges. Well, there have been some developments since then which aren’t so easy to write about. However, this is real life and our Reflections are about real life.

    While staying with a friend in Finland in late July, I became ill very suddenly and had to be taken to Turku hospital by ambulance. After a couple of days’ stay in the Audiology ward, I was told that I probably had an inflammation of the nerve which runs between the inner ear and the brain. I now feel pretty OK but the illness has left me a bit more deaf with a bit more tinnitus and, significantly for me, less able to hear the clarinet. Some of the higher notes sound duller but, at the same time, my ear is more sensitive to them. I’m not sure how things will pan out long term as I don’t know yet whether my hearing aid can be reprogrammed to overcome this or not. However, I know without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is in control and that He has the whole situation in hand.

    Despite everything, there have been some really positive aspects to this whole scenario. Throughout the time in Finland, the Lord kept me so at peace that it was amazing. The friend I was staying with has excellent English, as had most of the medical staff. Because I was on a ward dedicated to people with ear and hearing problems, all the medical staff were deaf aware and I had no communication issues whatsoever. My Christian next door neighbours, a Scot married to a Finn, were in Turku when I was in hospital there, so they were able to visit me in hospital!

    You may remember from the previous Reflection that we talked about forgiveness. This has also had a positive ending. I met the person whom I told you about previously, again, in June of this year and realised that the Lord had done His work. There was no unforgiveness and no awkwardness. In its place was compassion. Praise God!

    Challenges can cause us to turn to God and get our strength from Him. I pray that each of us will know the truth of this throughout our lives.

    And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
    – Colossians 2:6-7, New Living Translation

    View previous Reflection articles

    The Shattered Glass
    Not Quite the Damascus Road
    A Home for the Lord
    The Chair

    The New Age of Martyrs

    A God of Second Chances
    Acceptance & Rejection
    New Lights
    New Things
    More Thoughts on Christmas
    Thoughts on Christmas

    The Vastness of Creation

    Unexpected Treasure

    Life’s Challenges
    Home is where the Heart is
    Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
    Sticks and Stones
    Beauty in the Chaos
    God and Creation
    Perfect Timing
    The Lord is near
    Having fun and taking new steps with our friends
    A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
    Remain in Me

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