I’ve been battling with tendonitis in my rotator cuff since May. I had no clue at the beginning of this ordeal. I thought the pain originated in my deltoid muscle. So I stretched, did mobility drills, and kept on working. Then I failed a lift and went to a pain doctor for treatment. Most recently I had a deep Chinese massage to release the tightness in the muscle. I’ve used castor oil compresses to reduce inflammation. And now I’m resting. No lifting my arm overhead and no powerlifting workouts for the next 9 days. Did I mention that I’m scheduled to compete in 21 days? My husband believes that my current lesson is to trust. Trust in the training, trust in the healing, and trust in the process.
This is a hard one. This is not what I wanted or expected. But here we are.
What My Husband Believes
- Trust in the training
- Trust in the healing
- Trust in the process
I enjoy taking time to ponder the words and phrases when I hear God telling me to lean in and listen. This conversation was one of those times. The Bible talks about training,
“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 NLT
As an athlete my training sessions are invaluable. I perfect my form and get stronger as I build on each session. In a powerlifting journey, we train to win medals. But in our spiritual lives, we train with an eternal focus. As believers, we trust in the training we receive from God’s word because,
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
We trust in our healing as we cry out to God in prayer,
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved…”
Jeremiah 17:14 NIV
And we trust in the process as we,
“…press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 NIV
A Season of Trust
Trust in God is the cornerstone of each step in our walk of faith. Taking the eternal view, or the long road home so to speak, helps us cultivate a lifestyle of trust. As we walk hand in hand with Christ, the depth of our intimacy with Him increases, and our trust level experiences a growth spurt. What is God calling you to trust in, dear one? Take some time this week to consider the season you’re in, slow down, lean in, and listen as God speaks to your heart.