28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. ...
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:28, 37-39
"God works in all things-not just isolated incidents-for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Note that God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Those who are called are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective, a new mind-set on life. They trust in God, not life's treasures; they look for their security in heaven, not on earth; they learn to accept, not resent, pain and persecution because God is with them.
These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, even death. These could cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of His unconquerable love. Nothing can stop Christ's constant presence with us. God tells us how great His love is so that we will feel totally secure in Him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid." (Life Application Study Bible)
Joe is recovering well. He does have some swelling, but the doctor thinks it's normal. They are ordering an ultrasound for this afternoon, just to be sure. They would be more worried if his lab work came back with high levels, but the labs looked great. How great? Let me brag up on my husband's new kidney:
Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle metabolism. A normal creatine level is between 0.6 - 1.2. Someone with only one kidney is usually between 1.8-1.9. Before the transplant, Joe's creatine level was 9.6! Trip on that for a second. Nine point six!!!! That's a lot of toxins. That's even with dialysis. Today, T+6, he's at 1.0! Oh yeah, baby, oh yeah. Dex (our pet name for the new kidney) is amazing.
I think she needs a superhero cape. But, alas, I am computer graphically challenged. Sad face.
Enough about me. Joe is my hero. He's doing great. Oh, and all the foods he was banned from eating while on dialysis, they want him to eat now. Well, there goes that cookbook! I asked around yesterday, and all the housemates like oatmeal raisin cookies. I think we'll celebrate with some cookies!
Now that you have read Joe's progress, go back and read the top again. We are more than conquerors.