As I age, I am battling “Old Man Arthritis.” Some days when I get out of bed I can hardly walk. After a trip to the bathroom and then to the kitchen for my cup of coffee (which my husband always has ready for me), I began to lose some of the stiffness and I am ready to face the day.
Sitting down on the floor is almost an impossibility. I can get down okay but the getting up is a killer. Having a four-year-old granddaughter who loves for Grandma to play with her makes things a little difficult. After struggling several times to get back up, I have finally explained to her that we will have to play on the coffee table or the kitchen counter, that Grandma cannot get on the floor with her.
At first, she was puzzled when I said I could not get on the floor because I could not get back up.
“See – Grandma. I’ll show you how.”
Saying this, she quickly sat on the floor and then proceeded to show me how to push up with my hands and get back up.
“Sweetheart, Grandma knows how to get up. I simply cannot get up.”
Explaining to her that my knees simply are getting old and do not work right, I could see the wheels turning in her little mind.
When we sat down for the meal, she wanted to pray over our food.
“Jesus, make Grandma’s knees feel better.”
A few days later she was taking a walk with her mother.
Mommy, someday God is going to make us new bodies. Grandma will get new knees and they will work right.
Yes, Zoe, someday this old body will not be stiff and painful any more and Grandma will be able to run and sit with you on the floor!
Until then, I’m thankful for a little granddaughter that already knows how to pray and already is concerned about her grandmother.
I’m not quite ready to get my new body – still want to see that little girl grow up. But sometimes when the pain and stiffness are great, I do think how great it will be when I get my new knees!