My littlest is transitioning right now, from 5 weeks in serial casts for toe walking into orthotics that will help him learn to walk correctly. It hasn’t been the easiest road we have ever traveled. We have had some good days where he seems himself and we have had bad days. Sometimes the bad days have been bad weeks, to be honest, and my little trooper has struggled to keep his joy. He is hurting. He is growing. He wants us to make it all better…and we can’t.We understand that the pain he is going through right now is only a small challenge to get to the goal. For him to be free and able to do anything his heart desires and no longer be held back by physical restrictions. We understand but it doesn’t really make it easier. It’s hard. As we have every night I give him some medicine for his pain and I rub his legs with oils to help.
Tonight has been hard for him. He had been whimpering and/or crying a lot in his bed, falling to sleep only to be interrupted again. After many repeated times of distress, I went to see him. I sat with him and prayed for him. I rubbed his legs and assured him of how much I love him. I tucked him back in and sealed him with a kiss before I left. He fell fast asleep.
I realized as I walked back to my room and watched him through the monitor how much the heart of the Father was reflected in what had happened. God knows that life is hard. He knows what is best for us and chooses to lead us in those paths even when they are hard and they hurt for the time being. He is always watching. I didn’t just turn the monitor off so I could sleep. I have it right next to me in case my son needs me. I also realize that God often times does not take us out of our situations. I’m sure my son would have loved for me to pick him up, remove his casts and cuddle him while watching a video. Although I was tempted, I felt the best option was to leave him where he was, in hopes he would receive more rest. God does not remove us from the challenges we face because we must push through to make it to more freedom.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
What challenging things are holding you back from freedom and your destiny? Are there any areas in your life where you are more focused on the discomfort you are feeling than the victory God provides? Are there places in your life that you have been stuck and you need to make a move forward?
He is our help! He will keep us from evil! He will keep us in our coming and going! What it doesn’t say is He will hide us and take our challenges away….we must keep moving. Gods word promises protection and security AS WE COME AND GO! We must stop hiding out and move through the challenges we face to our promised land! God never sends us into battle to “teach us a lesson.” He sends us into battle fully armed and ready to see us triumph!!!
Let’s triumph together & continue our journey with joy!!