Taking My Future Into My Own Hands

Last December, I noted that my left middle finger had swelled up and was quite painful to use. That was a rather detrimental development for a hands-on writer like myself. It’s been an interesting year since that discovery. I’ve gone to a rheumatologist on many occasions, had blood drawn a half-dozen times, gotten two cortisone injections right into the knuckle, and taken a variety of medications to get the swelling under control – all to no avail.

I have symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. On top of that, at the start of this month my left index finger began to swell and be intensely painful, prompting me to see the rheumatologist two months ahead of schedule. He was surprised that none of the treatments have worked, and, if anything, my condition has continued to worsen. He suggested I administer an expensive shot to myself on a weekly basis for three months and see if that helps. I pondered on it for two days and prayed to know if that was a wise course of action for me, or if it would be better to do something else. I promised to do whatever God told me to do. I received an answer on the second day that I should take my future into my own hands, so that’s my plan now. I stopped taking the various medications I was on, canceled my future appointment, and got some helpful advice from my parents and younger sister on how best to proceed.

In His HandsI will continue to write as long as there is life in me and my hands, and I will seek other types of treatment. I trust that I will be healed one day, and all I have to do is persevere and hold onto hope. I suppose it’s not so much that I’m taking my future into my own hands, but I’m simply recognizing that I am in God’s hands. And those are good hands to be in.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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5 Responses to Taking My Future Into My Own Hands

  1. Lita says:

    Hi Robert. So sorry about your painful fingers. Could it be Repetitive Strain Injury? Instead of being a hands-on writer, might you think about dictating your work?

    In the meantime, I want to thank you so much for showing me how a chiastic structure works, especially the examples that you went to a good deal of trouble to lay out so clearly.

    I’m writing my first novel, and am building such a structure for it. Without your articles and examples, I would never have recognised this form of storytelling for myself.

    Many thanks. Resting your hands, heart and mind in God’s own hands, sounds like the perfect place for you to start healing. Resting being the operative word.

    Stay safe and well. Best wishes to you and yours.


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