After my husband’s brain surgeries, we were constantly asked by nurses, doctors and physical therapists, “Is this baseline?” I had never heard this except as a sports term. The player hits the ball and runs the baseline. When I researched the term I discovered if the runner does not run a direct path by going three feet from the baseline, he is considered out. “You’re out!”
In medical terms “A baseline in medicine is the patient’s initial information at diagnosis or assessment against which later tests will be compared.”
Now that I understood the term, I could answer. I could scream “no!” Nine months later, we keep looking for what would have been called normal. What is normal now? Everyday we rewrite normal. We keep trusting The Lord for normal to return…but my screams now seem silent.
I’ve had a lot of time to consider baseline.
What is baseline at home?
What is baseline in my classroom?
What is baseline in our country?
What is baseline in my spiritual life?
Do I just want to accept the way something has always been? Or do I want to keep looking, accept the challenges, charge ahead, and walk by faith. The beginning of the year is an excellent time for me to continue my personal reflection.
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses] (Hebrews 11:1).
“Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience” James 1: 3.
We’re not “out!” We’re “in”… in the hands of the Lord who always understands even when we don’t!