Walking Daily in Faith
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 1:2)
I’ve always heard that as we get closer to a half century old, we pay dearly for that privilege. That sure, we might enjoy the dance during our
younger years, but pay the piper a king’s ransom when the beat gets old. Well,I have to tell you, this saying is extremely true. I have never put in a month
like this last one. Indeed, throughout, I felt like I was closer to one hundred than I was to fifty.
Now, please note that I’m not one to practice the art of malingering; or self pity. Like my father before me, and his before him,I have enjoyed a life
relatively free of aches and pains. In fact, regularly I have been able to leap tall buildings, move mountains, toss gargantuan boulders like small pebbles, tear stalwart buildings down to the ground, and leave them laying there in splinters, wondering afterward what just happened. Beat back the armies of powerful nations singlehandedly, reach up to the sky and juggle Mars ,the moon and Jupiter. Okay,I tend to exaggerate these matters (it was actually a small army from a relatively insignificant nation). Joking, joking. It was only a division of airborne from a third world nation. Okay, yes, I’ll get serious.
It all started with my right side pectoral muscle having absolutely no strength at all. No pain associated with the muscle — just no strength. Now this is quite a serious issue for me. I am a regular at the gym, and truly enjoy upper body workouts, including a lot of pressing exercises. So, consequently, I have not been able to work out for nigh on a month now. This is a big deal for me. In time, I dealt with the pectoral issue. The order was to rest and recuperate.
But then, along came a sore back, shoulder,and right arm. I went to a weekend clinic, and after a three hour wait,I got two bottles of pills to deal with the pain in my body,and the inflamed cyst behind my ear. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. Yee haw.
So,after recuperating from the pain in my hip and knee, and with a bellyful of pills, I went back to work on Monday. My elbow got really sore as I was picking up some boxes. That is an old recurring injury, possibly tendinitis or the like. I’ve always been able to ease it through stretching it. This method also eases the wrist pain I get from time to time.
Now,don’t get me wrong. I’m not feeble,and I am still quite capable of pulling my weight in just about any situation. A lot of my aches and pains are the end
result of a life of somewhat extreme physical involvement, whether it came from years of military training (R.C.R.,for those in the know), construction work, flatbed trucking, or lumberjack, just to mention a few. Or perhaps, from too many hours spent in the gym, pulling, pushing, and running. At the end of the day, the cause doesn’t really matter because the end result is the same.
Still, I thank my Lord God and Saviour every day for giving me the physical attributes I have. Ive never had much luck in finding an easy office job, or getting into a situation where I don’t have to produce something tangible by the end of a workday. What I do know however, is that I need to keep my body in pretty good shape, whether I like it or not. In my profession as a courier, people are counting on me. And from my combined perspective and work ethic, I don’t intend to let them down.
But there is more here than I originally thought when I began writing this blog. That is, I feel as though this is where God wants me to be right now. Possibly, because this might be where I can be the most use to Him and His purposes. Where my life and priorities fit into His wonderful plan for my life. Iam sure the Lord will reveal His plan to me and my family in the days to come. What I do know is that He doesn’t need another greedy hypocrite running around in a suit. He desires a good, honest, straight shooter to fill this place in the midst of His perfect plan. And fill it I shall.
This shall I do in spite of all the current trials and tribulations regarding my poor aching muscles. Yes, I shall persevere with His mighty help. Most of all, I will most assuredly learn from this so that I am in a position to help others with their faith journey.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers … for I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thy walk in the truth. I have no greater truth than to hear that My children walk in truth.” (III John 1:2-4)