Friday, August 23, 2013

Five Minute Friday: LAST
Welcome to the Five Minute Friday Freewriting Flash Mob! Lisa-Jo has hosted this for several years, and I've been participating for oh, about a year on and off, I guess.

It's still Thursday night here in Alaska, but the time zones in the contiguous United States are rolling their days over to Friday--so while I have time and my students are writing their first essays for me in class, I will write as well, on the word LAST.


I often think about the last this or the last that...when was the last time I got my hair cut? This is my youngest daughter's last first day of middle school. That kind of thing.

What I don't often think about is what is going to last a long time.

When I got my hearing bone implant - a teeny-tiny 4mm titanium rod to connect my reconstructed eardrum with my still-miraculously-intact stapes bone - I thought it would last forever. Or at least a few years.

Sadly, the hearing improvement only lasted about three months.

The last ear surgery I had was November 2012, just before my birthday.

Sadly, I am looking at having another one, and I'm not sure when.

Will the results last longer than a year? a few months?

Will my hearing last until I'm old?

I just don't know.

What I am sure of, however, is that my faith MUST last. And not by my own strength, but by His.

And that cannot be contingent upon my surgery's results lasting longer than a few months, or a year, or even two.



Mrsteeh said...

Thank you so much for sharing...I pray that your surgery does last longer this time. I glad that your faith has endured no matter what the trials or tests.

Vanessa said...

Oh Pattie! Praying for you and for your hearing and His healing. Pray that He gives you the strength and that your faith will last all the tests and trials of this life! Thank you so much for your kind words on my post today. Happy Friday friend!!!

dayebydaye said...

Funny the things we just expect in life to last. Thanks for this reminder to be thankful and to trust when we just don't know.
Beautiful post!

Debi @ said...

What an interesting post. It's true, there are somethings we expect to last and they don't and other things that we think will come and go and they just stay. I prayed for you this morning, that your next surgery is a success, a long term success. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.