Monday, September 27, 2010

Quiet Moments With God -- Trust In What He Allows

I find it interesting that my last blog was about our being focused on The Shepeherd and to follow Him, trusting that He will never let us down. The day following that blog I became one of the lost sheep.

On Thursday of last week my therapist added a couple of new exercises. They didn't seem too bad at the time, but the following morning my back told me otherwise. It screamed at me first thing and I found myself, once again, stuck in bed rotating from ice to heat and taking my medications as often as allowed. I was an unhappy and hopeless sheep. I cried a lot that day and wondered if I'd ever really be a whole person again. My eyes were not on the shepherd.

It's startling and troubling how quickly adversity dragged me away from The Shepherd. There is wonder in it, however. My Lord hadn't left me. He was still with me and He longed for me to reach out to Him, to rest in Him and in His plan. Even in the midst of trouble I can rejoice. Psalm 31:7 says, "I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles and you care about the anguish of my soul." He cares . . . always.

I'm better and I'm moving forward once again. I'm doing my exercises, only more carefully now. I will see my therapist tomorrow and we'll make adjustments in my therapy plan, but I will continue to work toward health and strength. As much as I dislike it, the truth is adversity makes me stronger. But in the midst of trouble I must remember to remain close to my Lord, keep my eyes on Him and off the hardship.

I pray that next time I'm up against it, and I will be, that I will not lose sight of The Shepherd who watches over me and to trust in what He allows.

Grace and peace to you from God,



  1. Hello Bonnie, I don't consider it a coincidence that I read your blog a few minutes ago and quickly related to your words. I consider this a Godincidence. We have pain and back problems in common, and tomorrow I will see my therapist for the first time. I'm not looking forward to it very much, although I realize the exercises I learn are for my benefit. God knows about my fearing further pain and I took solace in your words. I have been concentrating more on the pain than I have on God helping me through what comes next. My prayers from now on will be different. Thought of God and his promises will come before I groan in pain in the morning. Thank you for your encouraging words and the meaning in your message. I will keep you in my prayers knowing we are participating in the same activity to strengthen our bodies against pain and listening to what God tells us to do about it. It would be a good thing to keep in touch.

    Sharing Christ's Love,
    Barb Shelton

  2. I sooooooo understand 'n actually feel your pain--as trite as that sounds. Hang in there--you are fine, really fine--just like the rest of us Daughters of The King! I've had a sore arm, gotta go see a dang neurologist on Thurs, my birthday! grrr--and then got a wretched cold for a wk I'm trying to keep out of going into pneumonia--so I've had my pity party these last two weeks--but they always end up back with JESUS, and HE is enough! Just like you! We're blessed...

  3. Hi Barb. I'm so sorry to hear that you're going through such a difficult trial. But God will not forsake you.

    In the mornings, before I pray I think about all He is to me--Father, friend, savior, protector, healer creator . . . The list is long. It helps me remember who he is.

    Therapy can be difficult. I had an appointment today--it was encouraging and challenging, but good. Tonight my back is responding to the efforts to strengthen, stretch and adjust my muscles and joints. I am afraid of tomorrow, but I'm counting on my God. He'll meet me in the morning.

    I will pray for you, especially tomorrow. It's one more step toward health and healing. One less step you will have to take. :-)

    Bless you. May the peace of God reign in your heart.


  4. Dear Patti,

    Yuck--I hate colds, especially the ones that hang on and try so hard to keep us down.

    Pray the neurologist will know what's going on with your arm and will know exactly what to do to repair it.

    Thank the Lord for good doctors. He helps them too. : - )

    Love ya,


  5. Barb, let me know how things are going. You can contact me privately by hitting my contact button on my home page.

    Grace and peace,


  6. Wishing you well, and valuing your reminder. He never leaves us, but how easily we let life's problems turn our eyes from Him.

  7. Thank you, Sheila.

    I do wish you were wrong about what life's problems can do to us, but sadly you are right. *sigh*

    Pray you have a fabulous day!