Anxiety is something none of us like to admit we have from time to time. That could be because we don’t recognize it or understand it. Sometimes it comes out in the form of an angry outburst and we think, “Where did that come from?” It probably came from something your anxious about and don’t even realize it.
Tomorrow morning I go into the hospital for my second Arterial Chemo Embolization. I had this done just four weeks ago and it was difficult to recover from. Usually this would not be redone in less than a year, but with twenty new (very small) tumors in my liver, we had no choice. I admit, I was getting anxious as the day approached. Being a Christian I know what the Bible tells me to do.
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
That’s a lot easier to say than to do. But, when I realized, yesterday, that I was becoming a bit anxious about the procedure I did pray. Funny thing happened, all I could think about was my friend Lloyd, so I prayed for him. I went back to praying about the anxiety and all I could think about was “Box Joints”. Yes, God has a sense of humor. Then it dawned on me, maybe if I do some woodworking it will get my mind off the chemo. “Hey, I’ll make a box for my friend Lloyd!”
The only woodworking I’ve really done since the last procedure was to start learning how to make box joints. So rather than the usual miter joints I’ve been doing I jumped into box joints.
I have no idea where the red line came from except my lack of skill as a photographer.
It took me two days. I had to fix a few problems, but I was happy with the outcome and guess what? I’m no longer anxious. The Joy of the Lord is my strength and I am so thankful for Woodworking and all of you.
I’ll keep you posted on my recovery and how God uses Woodworking as Therapy.
God Bless You All!
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!