I had a pinched nerve in my neck for the first time the other day. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, and my neck just started hurting. I couldn't figure out why. I walked around stiff necked for the rest of the day. I prayed that God would either take it away or teach me something through it. I praised and rejoiced for this trial, even though it was painful.
Here is what He taught me. I learned humility. I learned what it is like for lots of people to sympathize with you and try to help, yet just crating more pain by trying. I wonder if God sees us that way when we try to help him in the flesh. I learned to let my wife do things I normally enjoy doing for her: driving, carrying thinks, opening doors, etc. I've learned to ask people to do things for me that I just can't do at the moment. (Grab a fold out table, build a fire.) I've learned to submit to other people who are trying to help. I have to admit that it wasn't my favorite lesson from The Lord. I don't like being helpless. I don't like being served. I rejoiced and praised The Lord because I know He did a good work in me. And now that I learned that lesson, I feel better. I don't want the next trial, but in knowing that it is good, and from The Lord, I'm ready.
Setting Sun - Sun Setting in SoCal...I forget where exactly.....
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