That One Spot
I’ve not preached for the second Sunday in a row due to the recent intensity of my nerve pain. I’ve now missed a total of 9 Sundays all due to one spot. Whether it be after surgery, the implant of my stimulator, or just not being able to keep my pain under control. All my issues flow out of just one spot in my lower back.
Even after 29 months of trying to recover that one spot still hurts the same as before. In fact, I still can’t even touch that spot without it hurting. It limits my ability to drive, sit, or lay down without terrible discomfort. That one spot still puts major pressure on my nerves. And it wreaks havoc throughout my entire nervous system. It causes itching, aching, and produces a lot of tearful moments.
It’s amazing how just one spot, issue, or circumstance can affect our lives in so many ways. I believe in this life there will always be something that seeks to wreck our lives and steal our joy. It may take time for us to work through our pain and suffering. But, ultimately we have to take our eyes off the spot or the pain and keep them on Jesus. Only then can we go on living out our God given purpose. And in ways we can’t always see God wants to use that one spot or pain in our lives to accomplish His greater will through us.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”