It felt like a pop in my left calf muscle. A new year, feeling good, a new lease on life with a one-year building project completed, and enjoying my first real try at Pickleball and enjoying it! Reaching forward to hit the ball, pushing off with my left foot, I felt the pop. Amazingly very little physical pain resulted. But the mental anguish hit immediately. I knew instantly what had happened. My Achilles tendon had completely severed.
You hear some people say their life flashed before their eyes, well, the next six months flashed before my eyes. I saw surgery, cast, inconvenience, and months of recuperation. My lifestyle changed January 12, 2018. I am sidelined a bit from the pace I have been keeping the past three years of trying to keep up with an amazing group of Christ-followers called Balboa Baptist Church.
And then I read, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.” (Jude 24-25).
The word “stumbling” jumped out at me! Medical professionals and those who have experienced this same injury have repeatedly warned me, “Be careful and don’t do anything that might reinjure it!” I have heeded that advice and laid low for almost two weeks now.
I’m thankful for an understanding congregation who laugh with me. I’m thankful for a wonderful wife taking care of me. I’m thankful for church members stepping up to take care of each other. I’m thankful for a God who promises to bring good out of the bad when we love him and work according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
This “stumbling” does not mean we will be void of life’s difficulties. It means the Holy Spirit empowers us not to sin in the middle of our messes. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond your ability, but will provide a way of escape that you may endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
But why me and why now?! God is more interested my character, than my comfort. I want God to change my circumstance, but God wants to change me.
Going through a tough time in life? Me too. But let’s keep the faith, find great joy in our hope, trust God’s grace to make us blameless, look forward to heaven, and constantly give glory to Jesus Christ our Lord, now in the pain, and forever.
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