RULES are different things to different temperaments I have discovered.
If you are following my blog, (and I hope you are!) you know I had cataract surgery on my left eye last week.
It was a HUGE curve ball thrown in my life. The recuperation time is twice what I was told to expect. I do not have time for this.
The RULES for cataract surgery recovery are staggering the first two weeks.
Insert the human temperament.
Every personality is comprised mainly of two out of four known temperaments. One of your temperaments is usually stronger in the home, the other in the workplace and among adult friends.
I am a YELLOW/RED temperament.
In the flesh, YELLOWS are oblivious to many rules because rules are not fun.
REDS make rules. On other occasions they pick and choose the rules they deem necessary to follow for their particular situations.
You can now understand my dilemma when confronted with my post surgery RULES:
- Wear no make-up. Translation: Don’t leave the house or answer the door, EVER!
- Lift nothing heavier than 10 pounds. Translation: Have Duane push me out of bed every morning.
- Wear an eye patch at night. Translation: (Caution: Do not read the following if you have a weak stomach for unpleasant visuals.) Sure, why not add to my already complicated bedtime routine? I wear a mouth/teeth guard, since my two front teeth broke off at the roots and I have implants. I wear earplugs, so Duane’s snoring is reasonably softened. I wear heavy socks because of a possible Raynaud’s phenomenon. I wear pink wrinkle vanishing cream, which apparently takes decades to work. Now, there is this eye patch? Lovely.
- Do not bend over. Translation: If you drop something, play kickball. This is successful with some objects to get them up onto the couch, where you can reach them. It has worked with clothing, tissues, food and the TV remote control. (So far, this is ineffective with reading glasses, books, shoes, drinks and medicine.)
- No swimming, sports, vacuuming or strenuous housework. Translation: Happily carry on as usual.
- No driving. Translation: WHAT? I can do that with one eye.
- Avoid washing face and hair the first few days, so no water gets in the effected eye. Translation: YUCK! Refer to translation #1.
It has been 6 days. Yes, I admit, I am following the rules (through clenched teeth).
An important side note: Once your temperament is given over to God, HE helps with any difficulties or weaknesses of your temperament- like rule following.
In case you are curious, BLUES are innately the rule followers. GREENS are not so much, as most rules take too much unnecessary effort.
Seriously, with all these rules, this week has allowed me extra time for prayer and study. If you had asked, prior to my procedure, my answer would have been, “No.” I did NOT have any extra recuperation time available. We have out of state company coming next week, and now my house will not be ready.
However, now, I’m read up in Proverbs and Timothy and have been enlightened by doing so.
Proverbs 19:16 says, “Keep the rules and keep your life; careless living kills.”
II Timothy 2:1,6&7, “[ Doing Your Best for God ] So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain. (The Message)
Next time life throws you a curve ball, ask God what He has in mind. It may be a simple gift of teaching time from Him to you.