I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well. Psalm 139:14
On December 25th, 2018, I sustained an accidental fracture of my right (dominant) hand. Although I am ambidextrous, my left-hand did not possess the strength or dexterity to perform tasks that require fine motor skills other than writing on the level of most pre-schoolers. As a nurse, I have provided care for many post-stroke patients and used interventions to ensure they were following the treatment plans from their Occupational Therapists. However, I was not giving attention to someone else, I was the patient who was required to adhere to a rigorous treatment plan by my therapist.
After my hospital discharge, I looked at the basket containing the yarn and hooks of one of my favorite hobbies, crocheting, which is a skill that requires two hands. I had the use of three fingers on my right hand and the full use of my left hand but lacked the motivation to find activities to replace crocheting. I placed the yarn basket on the coffee table, in full view, and held the crochet hook every day, wishing for better days. After a few days of watching classic movies, my level of boredom reached an all-time high. I started to think of other activities that I enjoyed, and that is when I started to discover the incredible abilities of a weakened left hand.
The progression from rolling yarn in a ball to combing, brushing, and styling my hair continued to the point that I was able to cook with one hand. Using my touch tablet, I found an online riddle game that I could use my left-hand to play, and the game also provided the benefit of developing my logical thought processes. Yes, I needed assistance with lifting more substantial items, and my signature still was like a childish scribble. But my left hand responded well to the various tasks, I gained enough strength and dexterity to perform my Activities of Daily Living on a crude but functional level.
When my outlook was so bleak that I could not even pick up my Bible to read, I used the audio version of God’s Word to listen to Psalms 23 and 27 over and over again. With prayers, I asked God to stabilize my emotions, for the healing of my hand, and to continue writing the Daily Devotionals–for which I used text-to-speech to accomplish. It was a cynical and defeating mindset that caused me to fixate on an impediment instead of the grace and mercies of God.
It is usually in adversity that we learn how powerful God really is. The discovery of the unknown abilities of our minds and bodies does not have to occur post-injury or illness. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…Genesis 1:26. God has equipped us with the capabilities to pursue our innate gifts and talents. We have the unlimited potential to develop our mental faculties as well as maintaining our physical health.
The Anatomy and Physiology of the human body is one of the greatest gifts that we have received. Research and learn who you belong to, it is “I AM” that has created us. As long as we stay in the perfect will of God, He has provided us with the means to discover and achieve our fullest potential spiritually, mentally, and physically.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020