Almost a week after I fell down, I began noticing a tingling and slight numbness in both my forearms and hands.
Can I be honest? It kinda freaked me out.
After a couple of days of praying, cursing every disease I could think of, and trying to keep my thoughts from going south on what could be causing this, I had a conversation with a friend at the gym. She suggested maybe I had a pinched nerve.
A pinched nerve? Hmmm...maybe it's not some horrible, debilitating disease attacking me after all.
I know....a little dramatic. But it's funny (not really) where the enemy will try to take you if you let him.
Later that morning I went to see my chiropractor and sure enough, it was a pinched nerve. In that first appointment, he put these wonderful feeling electrode things on my neck and then massaged my back with this big massage thing. Don't you love the technical chiropractor terms! Then he did some adjusting and WOW did I feel better!
Then I went back the next day and got the same amazing treatment. But this time....instead of feeling better....my back felt like a mack truck had rolled over it. The doctor described it like this ... "Your muscles have been comfortable for a long time in a certain place, I am moving them to a better place and they don't like their new home and are letting you know it!"
He was right. After some icing and stretching, my muscles silenced their screaming. The tingling and numbness went away and I am feeling so much better.
I was thinking....the same thing happens in our life when God seeks to "adjust" us out of our comfortable place.
God uses anything and everything to get our attention and begins to call us to make some adjustments in our life. But as we obey His call and begin moving forward to a better place, we find our flesh has been comfy in it's current position.
As we challenge it to align itself with God, our flesh doesn't like its new home and begins to let us know. It tempts us to fall back into our "old, secure and content" pattern of living. The place where life was okay, but not exceptional. We know God has better.
So what do we do?
Well, we begin to ice and stretch it using the Word. We speak Psalms 73:26, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
We declare out loud Psalms 46:1, "God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble."
We remind our flesh and spirit that when God begins something new in us, He is faithful to complete it! (Philippians 1:6)
We CANNOT change on our own. God would NEVER ask such a thing of us. What He does ask is that we TRUST Him. Psalms 84:12 affirms this when it says, "Oh Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You."
We talk a lot about change in our blog posts. This is because Tracie and I have realized there is a lot in us that needs to be changed. We share with you out of our own lives and the call to change God is constantly asking of us.
Change is not easy....but who wants to remain the same? I don't. I'm sure you don't either.
Let's begin to look at change as a good thing... because He wouldn't ask us to change if He didn't already know we could. With His help, we can become more like Him.
Being more LIKE Him means being more effective FOR Him and that, my friend, is what life is all about.