Inconvenienced versus Injured

I’m one of those New Year’s Resolution nuts. Every year I make a list of 4-5 things I’d like to achieve during the year. On my list for 2015, I have the goal of running a 10k. Well make that had… Unfortunately, I won’t be able to finish a 10k before the end of the year due to a freak accident. While sitting on our couch watching TV, I shifted myself and pulled a muscle. Or so I thought. I rested and waited for my hip to heal. I tried doing the elliptical and biking so I could at least cross-train in the process, but the pain continued to singe through my hip. Finally, after 6 weeks of walking like a penguin, I decided to visit the doctor. He diagnosed the problem and now I am on my way to recovery! Without seeing him, I wouldn’t have known that rest and stretching alone wouldn’t help me heal.

Originally, I saw my situation as an inconvenience. However as week 4 and 5 creeped around, I realized I was definitely injured. Many times in life we confuse being injured with being inconvenienced. We believe we can press through a circumstance when the reality is we must REST. As we go through life, it’s important for us to be able to discern if we are experiencing an injury or if we are merely inconvenienced.

Injuries vary in severity, with the solutions ranging from medicine, physical therapy, and rest. Depending on the emotional, mental and spiritual injury you find yourself encountering, your prescription is different. You may be able to take a quick dose of God’s word to remind yourself of His truth. Or you may need others alongside you to give training and guidance. Or your solution may be to rest. In all cases, the first step begins with a doctor’s visit. Draw near to Him and you will surely experience healing and restoration.

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes {If I just get in his presence}, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. – Mark 5:25-29

In times of injury, don’t be afraid to ask the Great Physician how to treat your diagnosis and make sure to follow His instruction! Otherwise you’ll find yourself participating in the penguin waddle like I have been…

An easy way to determine whether we are injured or merely inconvenienced is by asking ourselves, “If someone were to pay me $1 million to do this, would I find a way to do it?” If the answer is yes, then more than likely it’s an inconvenience that just needs to be confronted head-on. I know this question sounds silly, but sometimes I feel frustrated with the requirements that come with daily life. I can easily find excuses not to follow through on those obligations. During these times, I remind myself of the $1 million question, and think of how I certainly would find a will and a way to do it having a $1 million incentive. And to be honest, frequently we spend the same amount of time (if not more) worrying over and dreading that commitment as we spend actually accomplishing the task.

Let’s be real. Sometimes, we can find ourselves inconvenienced by prior commitments. It’s easy to shake off a lunch date, because there are so many other things on our plate that need our attention. But the reality is God calls us to keep our word, EVEN when it’s inconvenient! When we tell someone we will be somewhere at a certain time, WE NEED TO BE THERE. Not just there, but there at that time. We have given our word, so for both our sakes, we must keep this promise. Just because it hurts, it doesn’t mean we’re injured.

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?… [Those who] honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. – Psalm 15:1,4

Regardless of whether we find ourselves facing injury or inconvenience, our first response should be to communicate with God. He will dismantle the lies Satan’s been wrapping around us, restore all aspects of our health, and redirect our focus to the eternal.

My child, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life [in times of inconvenience] to those who find them and health to a person’s whole body [in times of injury]. – Proverbs 4:20-22

 

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