The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
- Proverbs 18:14
“The great thing with unhappy times is to take them bit by bit, hour by hour, like an illness. It is seldom the present, the exact present, that is unbearable.”
- C. S. Lewis, Letters to an American Lady
I think that I may have used this C. S. Lewis quote before, but as the affects to the precautions for COVID-19 continue to wear on us all, I thought it appropriate for a short note or endurance.
My wife had two kidney biopsies recently. The doctor missed obtaining any kidney tissue the first time. One son suggested that this could mean good news, that my wife has confirmation of not having “butt cancer.” So we both endured a second bit of torture, besides the additional week of simply not knowing. As a result, my wife and I wore masks for about eight hours straight two weeks in a row. While she lounged in an uncomfortable surgical gurney with thirty minutes under a valium induced stupor and local anesthesia, I sat on chairs that seemed to have been designed by Johann Philipp Siebenkees. You don’t know who he is? He invented the iron maiden torture device. No matter which way you sat, some body part was in pain. I think the hospitals use such chairs to discourage visitors from staying all day, but when it is an outpatient procedure and my wife would not be allowed to drive home, what choice do you have? And in spite of that, wearing the mask for all those hours seemed to be the greatest inconvenience. The masks get moist and sticky after a while.
Yet, we continued to wear the masks, because we have a few of the danger markers associated with the virus.
And whenever you endure anything, if you take it one moment at a time, it does not seem as bad. A little endurance for a few moments. Then endure the next moment by praising God for having endured the previous moments. It makes it go so much faster.
And if what you are enduring is a trip to the dentist, remember another C. S. Lewis quote along the same vein.
“It doesn’t really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist’s chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on.”
- C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Turn to God for your strength. Do not let a virus, no matter how deadly, crush your spirit.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.