Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Distant

Today I’m joining a talented group of writers at Five Minute Friday. This community connects each Friday in an online, unedited free-write based on a one-word prompt. My timer is set for 5 minutes. Let’s see where this week’s prompt–DISTANT–leads me.


Five Minute Friday, distant, word prompt


I had no idea when I agreed to a revision of two previous spinal fusions and additional hardware placement lower in my lumbar spine what a long healing and recovery process it would be. As the journey began on March 6, 2019, I knew it was a much bigger surgery than others, but I had no way of knowing the collateral issues that would greet me after surgery. The finish line going in wasn’t clear.

It was obvious when I woke up to a right leg that I couldn’t feel below the knee that my goal line was in a far and distant land. It was not close at hand. My three-day stay in the hospital turned into six days followed by two weeks in a rehab center. Navigating my way into our home at the end of that two weeks, I sprained my right ankle extending the distance to the finish line by more time than I wanted to hear.

Physical therapy now appears to sit on a far and distant horizon. Each week, as I shared in my Wednesday post, it seems I come home with aches and pains I didn’t have when I left. The same thing happened this week so it is obviously standard operation (no pun intended) to push the patient into accepting the saying, “No pain, no gain.”

Yet, I know that the surgery itself was a success and all pre-operative pain is gone. This is a good thing, believe me. So, I’ve decided that my go-to verse, Jeremiah 29:11, still stands true as ever. I can go to distant places, including distant finish lines, as long as my God is with me. And He is!


Verse, Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11


18 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Distant

  1. Amen, He said He would be with us always – even when the finish line gets pushed WAYYYY back!

    Blessings and healing to you!

  2. My hubby had spinal surgery in April, also with complications after and still doesn’t have proper feeling in his right leg, from the knee down. We to our hopeful the numbness will return in time. Your verse has been my daughters favorite since she was a teen.

    1. So sorry, Elizabeth, to hear your husband experienced a similar situation with his surgery. I pray he has a good healing experience and that feeling returns to his leg. Your daughter selected a great verse as her favorite! Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. I’m sorry this has been such a tough journey, but I’m glad the operation was a success, and I’m sure you’ll get there one small step at a time. Knowing God is with us and that he has good plans for us makes all the difference. Visiting from FMF #14.

    1. Lesley, knowing God never promised us our lives would be short journeys helps. Happy for the success, and taking small steps as I go forward. I’ll be jumping over to read from FMF soon and I’ll look you up. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. That verse from Jeremiah is on my kitchen counter, but it’s been there so long I don’t see it anymore. Thanks for the reminder. And prayers for continued HEALING!

  5. That’s one of my favorite verses, Sherrey. Another that comes to mind is Mark 9:23. Having had two back surgeries myself, I know the healing process takes time. Praying for you.

    1. And Mark 9:23 is one of mine also. The older we get, and I’m a bit older, the healing also takes longer than it did when I had my first two fusions done (2001 and 2011). I appreciate your prayers and your understanding. Also enjoy your journey of faith.

  6. Praying for continued healing – for strength and patience as you go through the process. Visiting from FMF today –

  7. Returning the visit, FMF friend! It seems that the race isn’t fair when the finish line keeps moving. Praying for strength, patience, and joy as you pursue healing. Blessing to you!

    1. Welcome, FMF friend! You nailed exactly how my current race feels but I know there is healing ahead. Thanks for your prayers, especially for patience, and returning blessings to you!

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