"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair."
2 Corinthians 4:8
It's been an interesting week, and hasn't turned out at all like I anticipated. My youngest son has been having shoulder issues, that have been aggravated since we came home from vacationing in Maine in November. It probably didn't help that he returned to swim practice right when they began intense sessions.
After a doctor appointment, x-rays and physical therapy evaluation, it appears he is out of swimming for at least the remainder of December. It's unclear at this point whether or not he'll be able to swim in January. It depends how his shoulder responds to resting it and working on physical therapy exercises.
I find the news a mixed blessing of sorts. I hate to see him in pain and missing out on a sport he enjoys, but I also am looking forward to having the evenings free to spend family time together. It allows me extra time to work on things as we prepare for celebrating Jesus' birth. We finally were able to finish decorating this afternoon. It's been a long drawn out process this year.
I remind myself Jesus is not surprised by this shoulder injury. He knew about it well before we did. Even though we don't always understand, we know we can trust Him, even when life throws us a curve ball.