How I wish I could reset the date back to January 29th. But alas, simply not possible without a miracle of unseen proportions. January 29th a beautiful sunny day with a sweet breeze in the air. Attending my mid-week Bible study that day I felt I had received a direct word from The Lord regarding my writing and blogging path. Feeling pretty confident and on top of the world I could hardly wait to share insights with my friends over lunch. One misstep off a curb and the pavement and I became kissing buddies. Kneeling in a Middle East praying position this thought briefly popped into my brain, “I had no idea I could bend and stretch to such lengths, WOW!” The throbbing in my now 45 degree ankle told me I was in trouble. All I could utter was, “God, please help.. Oh God help”.
That was a day of many firsts starting with my broken ankle right down too- – – – well we are not at the end of the journey yet, to know when the firsts end. I have had lots of time to think, to ponder and to chew. I find it interesting that on the two occasions my church body, my life group, and I, personally, are ramping up for more spiritual growth in prayer I end up potentially taken out of the game in major proportions. Coincidence? I do not believe in coincidence in a life surrendered to The Lord. Nothing happens by chance. I do not think it’s pure happenstance that on my other blog site – http://throughthebibletogether.wordpress.com I began a series on the miraculous healings of Jesus recorded in the Bible only weeks before my accident.
God has a plan and a purpose. I believe I am being prepared for a different, perhaps even deeper ministry. God never promised us a rose garden or that we would not have trials; just the opposite. Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 God has promised to be our strength. Psalm 46:1 God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble.
I would love to share I’ve had complete peace and faith. But to share that, would be a lie. I’ve had strong moments of fear, of doubt and asking the 100 why questions. On the flip side I’ve had moments of anticipation in looking forward to how God will use this in my life to make an impact for Kingdom good and the ability to reach out to others. I’ve seen Jesus at work as I catch a little glimpse here and there as He works through this experience. I’ve written some amazing blogs (best ever 🙂 )while laying on my back staring at the ceiling. The questions is… Will I recall them? If so, there might be some good reading to come 🙂
Until next time,
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 ESV
Personal note: ankle broke in 4 major places… Waited 12 days for surgery and now in the recovery – healing stage. Praying for one’s needs is a great gift. Many have prayed for me and I am grateful for those prayers. Thank you, and please don’t stop. I have a long journey ahead.