I had simply reached up and grabbed something off of shelf and handed it to him. No big deal, right? For most people that activity would be no big deal, but for me it was. In fact later in the afternoon I even showed my wife what I could do, and she gave no real response until she thought about it. Truly it was a day to rejoice.
You see, it had been 327 days since I had last lifted my left hand over my head. I had torn the labrum in my left shoulder and could not lift my hand over my shoulder even after surgery.
I’ll admit that for some of the 327 days it was hard for me to accept my condition as it prevented me from being able to do things like shovel, or get dressed, or lift things for myself. And way too long since I had played hockey!
I’ll admit that for some of the Sunday mornings, it was kind of hard for me (as both a Christian and as a pastor) to sit in the front row of a church that at times lifts their hands up as a form of worship; especially when someone would exhort us all to lift up our hands. I actually had to remind myself several times that we are saved by grace; not works.
I am also writing this to bring hope to you who are still suffering and waiting for your healing (physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.) to continue to press forward in hope as you, too, wait for your time of restoration.
Your story isn’t over yet! The One who made you hasn’t set down the pen and published your story; He is still working in your life to show who He is to those in your life who also need encouragement!
Today is another day to remind yourself to wait upon the One who made you. “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Today, even today, you can still find other ways to “lift your hands” and remind yourself of who He is and what DOES work in your body (and your life).
So, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalm 43:5)
Soon, you too, will have someone come up to you and say; “Hey look what you are doing!”
All scripture is New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.