Nedi is a 5 year old little girl at CURE Ethiopia. She was born with severe club feet. Shortly after her birth, her father collected all of his money and headed towards Addis Ababa in order to have her feet repaired. On the way, they had a serious car accident. Her father was hospitalized for six months. All of the money Nedi’s father collected had to be used for his medical care. Her father was devastated in more ways than one. He could no longer pay for corrective surgery for his daughter.
When Nedi was 5 years old, her father heard about a hospital that specializes in helping children with surgically correctable disabilities. The care is free for these children. He brought her to CURE with hope beginning to flicker again in his heart.
Nedi’s club feet were particularly severe. Also, the older a child is, the more stiff and unpliable the feet become. Correction is more difficult. Her surgery took longer than expected. Her father feared she passed away during surgery. When he was brought to her bedside in the recovery room, he would not leave her side. He stayed by her bedside, staring into her face for the next hour in recovery, until he could bring her back himself to their place on the ward. He has not left her side. The love on his face for his daughter is apparent. She means the world to him.
The process of correcting these deformed feet reminds me of how our heavenly Father deals with us. We are all deformed in some way. There is something in all of us that could use some correction. Sometimes, if we don’t resist or are not too set in our ways, the process is relatively easy and painless. It takes only some gentle manipulation and molding. If we are unyielding, the process can be more painful, even excruciating at times. Sometimes we can take long detours, like Nedi did, before being set again on the path that our Father wants for us. But if we remain open to Him, and soften our hearts towards Him, we can become all that He intends for us to be.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produced a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
Originally posted at: http://ethiopia.thebernards.org/2013/03/29/transformation/.