Many of you are too young to remember “The Bionic Woman,” a very popular television series from 1976 – 1978.
After a skydiving accident resulting in extensive injury, Jaime Sommers’ body was rebuilt with cybernetic or electromechanical implants known as bionics.
The word bionics is a combination of the words biology and electronics.
Jaime was given an amplified bionic ear enabling her to hear at low volumes over uncommonly long distances. She had extraordinary strength in her new right arm—strength enough to bend steel, and with her powerful legs, she could run over 60 miles per hour. Need I tell you? This girl became an undercover spy for the Office of Scientific Information, (whatever that is) while posing as a middle school teacher. Farfetched! Yes, but not for long.
Bionic implants are no longer farfetched. There is the Bionic ear (cochlear implant), the artificial heart, an I LIMB hand, and retinal implants. These mechanical versions replace or enhance organs or other body parts. They differ from mere prosthetics by mimicking the original function very closely or even surpassing it.
Now, I am telling you all this, so you will understand when I say, “I am quickly becoming a bionic woman.”
I now have an artificial aortic valve, a pacemaker, numerous stents, an artificial right knee twice over, a new right hip, and next Wednesday, I will receive a new left knee.
Of course, none of these are bionic, well, maybe the pacemaker is. I won’t be able to run any faster, hear any better or even open a water bottle, and I won’t be serving as a spy for the Office of Scientific Information. I am hoping, however, to be able to walk again without a limp, and with a little more assurance. But—I think the cane will be with me ‘til Jesus comes. After that you can find me running down the Golden Streets.
So much for the Bionic Woman!
Regardless of the outcome of knee replacement, I have learned that my true strength does not come from surgery, artificial joints, canes or walkers. I depend upon the God who made me. He is my strength!
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Psalm 27:1, “…The Lord is the strength of my life.”
Just so you know. I will be in rehab, out of commission, for about three weeks, so you will have to put up with some “Oldies but Goodies.”
As MacArthur said, “I shall return!” I’m a tough old gal, and I’m not finished yet. My surgeon calls me “TIGER.”
Appreciate your prayers!
REMEMBER, THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW!