by Terri Clark @TerriClarkTCM
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV
I’m not sure what I did, but the doctor said I now have a bulging disc in my lower back. It hurts to walk, sit, stand, or do anything. Then, to make matters worse, and I have no idea how, I got a charley-horse in my calf. Maybe I was overcompensating for my back and overdid it that muscle, who knows? All I know is one day, I am on top of my game, and the next, I’m flat on my back unable to do anything, and everyone is taking care of me.
I’m one of those people who is always doing something. If I have nothing to do, I am looking for something to do. In fact, I kind of feel bad if I’m not working on something. I’m also the queen of multitasking. Going and doing is just in my DNA. I also have a tendency to move quickly—a perpetually, fast-forward kind of person. Grabbing this, tossing that, lifting and shifting is just part of my normal routine. So, when I somehow injured my back, life as I knew it came to a screeching halt.
But it’s interesting how restricted movement can actually be freeing. All the things that normally scream for my attention were silenced. I had to put aside things like laundry, running errands in town, cooking, and cleaning, not to mention computer work and anything requiring long periods of time sitting, standing, or walking.
But the good part of being restricted physically is that I got a whole new perspective of those around me.
My husband, some friends that were staying with us during this time, and the rest of my family all jumped in to do what I would normally be doing for them. They took up the slack when I couldn’t. And then as I healed and was able to hobble around better, they all counted my progress as a joint victory.
Through this whole incident, God gave me a good illustration of how the Body of Christ works. 1 Corinthians says; “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (12:26 NIV).
With this injury, I could not have managed by myself. And neither can we, as followers of Christ, manage alone in our walk with God, especially when we are hurt or going through a difficult time. We need each other. We need each other’s prayers, encouragement, biblical teaching, wise counsel, listening ears, and hugs. We also need to be there in a practical way for each other, just as my husband, family and friends were here for me when I needed help with doing things around the house.
I’m getting around better now, but I won’t soon forget how valuable family and friends are in time of need. Today, take a look around at your family and friends. You are the body of Christ. Is part of your body suffering? When one part suffers, the whole body suffers. Reach out and help.
“In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5 NIV). It is when we serve each other that the whole Church is built up and functioning in the way it was designed to be.
About the author: Terri Clark works with women to prepare and equip them to receive God and the blessings He wants to produce in their lives. She began to answer God’s call on her life in 1994 and has since impacted women all over the world with His news of salvation, edification, and healing.
Her book, Fanning the Flame: Reigniting Your Faith in God, identifies and addresses the issues which most affect a believer’s spiritual flame: the busyness of life, Christian service, pride, and worldly temptations. Join her in this pilgrimage and reignite your spiritual lamp with a fresh, empowering faith–a faith that will stand through a time of testing.
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