A recent change is noted. Since I was two years old, my left leg has been thinner than my right one due to polio. Always joked that a skinny anything is fine with me!
Until my wife mentions that my left leg seems more so than ever. I don’t usually check out my legs passing a mirror. But wearing shorts this summer, the difference appears somewhat alarming.
She even gets out a measuring tape. The results? Two and a half inches less circumference of my good leg over the other. That’s quite a bit. Wonder what this means? Not sure.
Checking out websites on Post-Polio Syndrome indicates that muscle atrophy is a common symptom. Followed by a growing weakness and then difficulty walking. The slope can be a slippery one. Am I on it? Not quite sure. Could be. Then again, maybe not.
Paul talks in 2 Corinthians about something similar–‘Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day’ (4:16). All of us face ‘wasting away’. Something goes wrong with our hearing, our eyesight, our memory. Our ability to do all we used to enjoy ’til we no longer can.
A ‘wasting away’ happens to all of us. Giving up this or that. Involuntarily. But not everything. Paul talks about inner renewal that can happen daily. At any age.
‘Wasting away’ physically can lead to more worship of the Lord… inwardly. Added time in your Bible. Praying and giving more. Relying on Jesus. Leaning on Him. Meaning it. Encouraging someone else.
Wasting away? No way! Maybe physically. But joy will renew us as we cherish the Lord more and more.
Lord, we bow to you who know all about our future. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.