Proverbs 8:33 "Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it."
I am sure you can think of narrow scrapes in your life. Just like you, I have several that stand out. The memory of many of these is so vivid it seems like they happened only yesterday.
For the past two months I have been laid up and on my back quite a bit during daylight hours. I find this frustrating because it limits the amount of sitting time that I have to write. The plan was for me to write this fall and winter, after our seasonal business closed in September. Yet, on my last day of working in our shaved ice stand, I hurriedly did an inventory of our leftover supplies. In my haste, I moved several heavy boxes so that I could have a complete list for the buyer, who was coming over the next day. Yes believe me, haste makes waste.
Well, as you can imagine, this is how I hurt my lower back. A couple days after the inventory, I found myself in terrible pain. This particular "interruption" in my daily life seems to go on and on without mercy. Finally, after nine weeks, I can appreciate this time on my back. I know now that is a gift for reflection and revelation. Come to think of it, the other intrusions in my life have been much the same.
I just have to finally trust and wait it out to see exactly what God is up to this time. The realization is starting to dawn on me. I am such a doer. I go-go-go like a wind-up doll that does not know how to shut off the switch. This summer I worked so hard to help my husband with our business and keeping up with all at home as well. Then all the errands involved with a new school year to help my son, in eighth grade, get clothes and supplies. Then, my youngest daughter is starting into college and I gave her advice along the way. Finally, during this hectic time in July and August, I had no energy or mind left for much else.
I asked for healing prayer for my lower back and I have seen my chiropractor so often that we have become fast friends. Though there is some improvement, it is slow.
Dr. Bob gently pointed out one day that it might help if I slowed down a little. I was not moderating any of my activity at home. I would get an adjustment then go home and do laundry, clean the house, go out and trim the flower beds, drive 80 miles some days running back and forth for school events that my son was involved in. He asked me to try to lay down last week and stay on my back as much as possible to give it a chance to stay in place. Imagine that.
This seemed like a reasonable request, yet I didn't know how trying it would be for me to lay still. I read quite a bit, but became bored and so I gave in to sleep. Then I found that even though I had slept all day, I was still ready for bed in the evening. My body was tired, but my mind was the thing that truly needed rest. I realized that God was trying to slow me down and getting me to a point where I was in a frame of mind to meditate and rest.
Fast and furious has always been the story of my life. As a teacher, mother of six, taxi driver with several kids in sports, a wife, and part of the time a single mom, I stayed super busy. I volunteer and am active in music, and writing. It's no wonder my heavenly father has had to shake things up a bit every once in a while to get my attention.
Today I reflect upon God's ability to reach in through my circumstances or the interruptions in my daily routine to speak a special word to me. I wanted to share a few of these turning points when God spoke into my life. Sometimes he gave me a word of wisdom, at other times more courage to continue on. At the end, I found myself filled with an uncanny joy or peace that would have been impossible to conjure up. This peace I experience is his fingerprint of mercy and love. For I am his child. He guards me with a father's love.