The major reason for my medical furlough was the cataracts on both my eyes (the one on the left was very severe). But that definitely wasn’t the only thing I was looking forward to.
One major goal during this furlough was to spend time with family.
the Lord knows that missions work takes us away from our families. This is a sacrifice I make willingly (as well as my family) because salvation and discipleship of souls is a great calling. At the same time, going years without seeing family face to face (it had been 2 1/2 years since I’d been in the States) was a challenge.
So after getting my eyes fixed, my only goal was to spend time with family. Ministry could have been done during that time, but I honestly wanted to focus on being present with loved ones.
Because family is precious
A few days after my first eye surgery (but before my second) I went out to eat with my dad and brother. It was a wonderful time of fellowship talking about the past, and what God has for us in the future. The lord brought many opportunities to simply spend time with my family, and recharge.
It’s funny how the small things affect us sometimes.
When I think about the medical furlough my mind doesn’t go to the eye surgeries
- I remember drinking coffee with my dad while we go to Lowes
- I remember taking my mom out on date
- I remember make a silly video with my nephew
- I remember spending the night at my brothers house and watching movies with my nieces and nephew
- I remember riding roller coasters with my teenage niece
Yes I’m incredibly thankful my eyes were fixed
But I’m more thankful for a family to spend time with after they were fixed