For those who have followed Danny Wuerffel and his fight against Guillain-Barre Syndrome know that things keep slowly getting better. Well, Danny has posted a new message updating his condition on the Desire Street Ministries website.
In that message he says that he is slowly - and I mean slowly - making progress. Physically that is. He says that the other day he went on a short walk with his wife Jessica which was immediately followed by a two hour nap. That's the good news.
He also goes on to say that his condition overall (as well as his heart), is worse than he originally thought. He also admits that he has made a wonderful rediscovery.
Dear Friends,My wife and I continue to be blessed by your consistent love and prayers. Yesterday we spent hours going through all the wonderful cards and expressions of love we have received. We feel very loved and blessed. Thank you.Unfortunately, during this past week I have discovered that my condition is actually worse than I thought.But before you become alarmed, let me explain. My physical body continues to make progress and I’m getting stronger. Jessica and I went for a short walk this morning (although it was followed by a 2 hour nap), and I’m doing more and more pushups each day (not too many, but probably more than my friend Hampton). I even left the house last night and went to dinner.I have experienced incredible physical healing—God is good!However, over this past week, my good, loving, and gracious King has taken me on a journey with Him deeper into my soul. And while part of it has been a delightful adventure with my friend, this journey has also revealed that my heart is in worse condition than I’ve thought.In the course of building a life, a family and a ministry, I’ve developed habits and attitudes that spring up from motives unpleasing to the Lord, things the Bible calls idols. Tim Keller says in his book, "Counterfeit Gods" that "the human heart is an idol factory." Not like golden calves, but things that we put in the center of our lives, thinking they can give us significance, security, and fulfillment if we attain them.""We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best of things," Keller says.It can be our job, our reputation, or even our wife and kids. The thing doesn’t matter, what matters is that it becomes too important to us and our well-being.I have my idols, and I’ve been able to see them at a deeper level this week. It’s not pretty. (Perhaps I’ll elaborate more about my specific idols at another time. For now, just know they are alive and fighting for the throne in my heart that belongs to the Lord.) I’ve been lovingly humbled and gently chastised.Fortunately, that’s not all I’ve found on this journey. I’ve also rediscovered the most exciting and liberating thing ever…You see, while I’ve realized that I’m not nearly as good as I tend to think I am, I’ve also been reminded that God loves me far more than I could ever imagine. He "delights" in me as His "beloved son," and He "rejoices over me with singing." Not because I can throw a football, run a ministry or even live a good life. He just loves me! Amazing!I don’t understand it, and I’m not sure I ever will. I’m just eternally grateful.His healing hand is at work in my entire body, battling both the antibodies that are attacking my nerves from Guillain-Barre as well as the idols entrenched in my heart.The diagnosis on both fronts is bad. The prognosis, however, is great! God is good!