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The Bible says that there is not test or trial we have to endure that is not common, normal, to mankind; and that He has provided a way to escape, so that we are able to bear it (l Corinthians 10:13).
In my trial of the moment, I’m thankful for the medication that makes the pain bearable; I’m thankful that I could take the day off work yesterday and that I’m not scheduled back until Tuesday. I had to cancel my responsibility to speak at a women’s meeting at our church, and that was hard, but God gave me instant peace once my decision was made to cancel. I’m thankful that He provides that kind of peace.
I’m thankful that I’m fairly comfortable in bed. And I’m thankful for a husband who takes care of me when I’m down.
The way to escape? Does that mean I could get out of this if I pray hard enough? The He’ll just take away the pain?
When the Apostle Paul wrote those words, he’d already been through some severe trials and he would face more.Three times in the course of his ministry he was tied to a whipping post and beaten within an inch of his life. I’m pretty sure that when he was conscious, he was asking God for a way to escape. God’s answer was not to miraculously remove him from the ordeal, but to give him the grace to endure.
So, what’s this all about? If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I have a bunch of things wrong in my lower back. Herniations, stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. All week I’ve been pretty uncomfortable, and Wednesday evening something went bonkers back there, just about putting me on the floor. It was that “takes your breath away” kind of pain, and it came out of the blue. I wasn’t bending or twisting or trying to carry something heavy. I was walking from one room to another. BAM!
I had my pain meds and my muscle relaxer refilled about a week ago, and I’m so thankful they were readily available. I didn’t have to call the doctor, wait for the scripts to be refilled. I didn’t waste any time getting my first dose, and the meds have been helping a great deal. I have an appointment with my chiropractor this morning.
Tonight, my daughter is taking a mutual friend and me to hear commedienne Jeannie Robertson. I’ve been looking forward to this, a belated birthday gift, for three months. I’m not going to miss it. So I’m thankful my back went kablooey on Wednesday instead of yesterday, because if it had been yesterday I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Partly because of the meds, I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ll be moving kind of slow, but I’ll be able to do it.
See? Even in this really kind of nasty pain, God timed everything just right.
He always makes a way, and He always goes ahead of me. I’m not thankful for the pain, but I surely am thankful for God’s presence and help in my time of trouble.