I sing the praises of God who delivered me from a life sentence of back issues. I spread far and wide the contact information for my physical therapist to anyone who dares mention they are experiencing some sort of muscular or skeletal pain. I cannot keep silent about the transformation and the restoration of the future I thought I would never see.
And yet, there are achy days. After a set-back and the subsequent manual traction adjustments, there are achy days. Days when the muscles and joint tissue manipulated in an appointment the day before settle into their new reality. I can get down on the achy days, allowing doubting thoughts to whisper “is this all the further it will go?” But I know better. I know the achy days are just that: a few moments in a longer road to healing.
Just as in physical therapy, I can get down on the achy days in faith as well. The day after the realization of that thing God has been working life circumstances to reveal to you can be achy. What you thought was real yesterday was a shadow of what is real today. The achy-ness emerges, nearly silently, and you find yourself a little less energetic than the day before.
Do not let the achy days get you down. There will be aches, pains, and feelings that maybe the bigger picture coming may have been mistaken. God is bigger than the achy days. Feel the achy days, but with the perspective of knowing you will endure through the achy days. Just as muscles and tissues must re-learn how to function properly, so must our faith muscles and tissues.
Be not dismayed by the achy days.
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” –Ps 126:5-6, NKJV
Today’s achy day will unfold to a future strength you just can’t see right now. Endure. Not all days will be achy.
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