Updated: Aug 9, 2021
A lesson learnt painfully.
It must have been a funny sight. Me lying on the footpath looking up at the sky, saying, “Jesus help me”. A kindly, concerned man came out from his garden to see if I needed help. My response to him was “I’m not sure”. “Well I’m just here if you need anything” he replied.
Six weeks to the day I had just fractured another few ribs on the other side of my body to the last time, after sustaining a fall. Why God? Why!?
It’s two weeks before Christmas and I’m searching for a new rental whilst we navigate a new build. Family are arriving from interstate to stay over Christmas. I’m packing to move and I’ve got a new workshop to write! Why God? Why?
Talking to as many women as I do, I often hear a similar response to their life troubles.
We think if we do the right thing, keep our heads down and keep out of trouble, God or the devil won’t bother us. But life happens and just when things are looking bright, the washing machine blows up, one of our kids gets into trouble at school, our workmate gives us problems, our husband seems distant or money seems to fly out the window. We wonder what we did to deserve all of this.
Why do things happen and why is life sometimes so very tough? And how do you and I cope? I have figured out that we can respond in two ways, both pretty useful I believe.
Firstly, the God response. What exactly is going on and is God teaching us something? He probably is, especially if there is a repeating pattern (like two falls and two lots of fractured ribs).
Seeking God in the middle of your mess is backed up by science that suggests that finding meaning in troubles helps people move forward, even those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have written a reflective journal to help us hear His voice in our many messes (In-QUIZ-itive: Finding meaning in the middle of your mess, petasoorkia.com.au).
Secondly, what are some practical things you and I can do in the natural when things go awry? The answer here might be in figuring out some steps to prevent the fallout in the present and future, by seeking help therapeutically and personally.
Back to my story. There I am, lying on the ground and the man has gone. I gingerly rise and check my body. There’s some blood and sore spots and my side is hurting a lot. Unfortunately, I recognise the pain from the previous fall. I then checked how I fell. The ground near the concrete joins were raised and bumpy. I hobbled my way to the chemist, got patched up and then later took myself off for some therapeutic assistance.
Talking to God (and my exerciser physiologist), I am feeling that I need to improve my upper body strength and, importantly, reduce rushing so that I can enjoy my moments.
What about you?
You may or may not have broken a few ribs, a broken family, a broken work situation, or a broken relationship. What might God be saying to you in your situation? Maybe you need to get down on the floor, look up at the sky and ask a question or two of God.
Perhaps life could be quite different if we all do this. Take some time. Listen. The answer will come.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Roman 8:28 NKJV
Love and Hugs,
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