Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
This is my week anniversary of surgery, and while I can tell my knee problem was fixed, it's still sore and swollen. In other words, fairly normal recovery.
Now, it's a matter of patience. I am not patient person in many ways. I want instant relief, instant fix, instant recovery.
Of course, the world seldom operates that way. Instead, we wait for relief, we sit and try to fill our time for fixes, we spent hours, days, weeks, months and more for recovery. But Paul gave some great advice to his fellow believers in Rome.
We don't always have control - indeed, we seldom have control - over time and recovery. Certainly, there are often - not always, but often - ways to smooth our path for recovery. There are many, many well-trained health professionals who can help. And in many instances, using patience will bring about more lasting recuperation.
So in my recovery, I do pray that I can be joyful in hope, patient in my affliction, and faithful to pray.