I started walking on the hike- and-bike trail again and on one adventurous outing, I decided to walk and jog. Although, back in the day, I would hardly have called what I was doing jogging, I still made the effort to move my feet.
With two grandchildren and three young children, I am hardly inactive, but I am not in as good a shape as I once was. I should have watched what I was doing. On my way back across the lawn from my neighbor’s house, I looked down at my feet when I entered the house. I asked my son if my ankle looked odd. He said that the one looked fine, but he couldn’t even see the other.
All indications were that I “must have done something to it.” Two weeks later, after all the home remedies I could think of - the heating pad, the ankle braces, the ibuprofen, and propping my foot up like an invalid - I finally decided to see the doctor because it was still swelling and hurting.
A couple of x-rays later, I was informed that I had a torn ligament and I should stay off of it, prop it up, take anti-inflammatory pills, and put a heating pad on it. It would be better in 4-6 weeks.
So now it actually hurts (since I have a diagnosis) and I am walking with a stiff ankle because I want the foot to stay in position to heal better. At least I think that is what I am doing.
And, if you are looking for ankle braces at Dollar General, I think I bought them all. I have the dirty work one, the casual “about town” one, and the clean, white formal one now. Only in South Texas!
We decide to straighten our lives up. Suddenly, we encounter problems we have never had before. Why does that person want to get on our last nerve? Was life always this out of control? Seems life had more rhythm before. What has caused all this turmoil in my life?
We fail to realize that what we are seeing has always been there. Now, we see through different eyes - the eyes of a new creature in Christ. We are undergoing a transformation over time. The scriptures say this: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2)
Yet another aspect of our change is this: “He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” (Isaiah 2:3)
We are not in this alone, and it takes time to manifest in our lives. In both my physical life and my spiritual life, I see changes out ahead.