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But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

It was 3 to 4 months of Physical Therapy, after rotator cuff shoulder surgery, that my frozen shoulder continued to be frozen. All efforts dealt with every aspect around it, but I had no external rotation. I was stuck. I don’t mind now, that was long ago and I am better. The next couple months of PT (before the actual second surgery) became my strengthening time. If I had to go back into surgery, I was going to be as strong as possible, PT made sure of that. My doctor knew I had worked so hard and that PT worked me too, three times each week. Then, after all was done as best as it could have benn,  I jumped on that operating table for the second surgery. I was ready to be released from the stuck-ness. I was ready to do the operation and recovery ins and outs. I was knowledgeable and I knew the drill. I was already planning my recovery. (I was late in traffic too, but I gripped the wheel and delivered myself to my next moment)

My surgery and my PT was mechanical and emotional healing in so many ways.  And I had to work at it. Therapy of thousand-fold thoughts. I felt blessed to have had that 6 months solid of 76 PT visits, June to December, I even threw them a pizza party on my last day. I barely remember my issues now, but I know they were great to overcome. It was no cake walk, especially as I walked around carrying a kettlebell high in the air as long as I could stand it. I did the spider crawl with my fingers. I used the pully and helped myself get better. I encountered encouragers along the journey. I was reminded to be an encourager too. God had me there not JUST for me. God even sent a theme song, Eye of the Tiger, the day I was giving up. He would not fail me, why should I fail myself. 

Today I know that every paper that clutters the floor is a blazing landmine. I clear my house. I clear supermarket floors. I try to prevent the traps I lay for myself. That’s how we should pray to live thru life. There ARE issues, there ARE roadblocks, there are dead ends. We need to declutter what will take us down. And know there IS always a Way to wiggle through. And sometimes even take a clean surgical slice to separate the situation from itself. The shoulder did not need cutting off, only the bands of scar tissue holding it back.

I feel that way in life, we let the scar tissue hold us back. We need the saving slice. We need others to help slice it. We, like my surgeon, need take a stand that we WILL get better and keep reminding. My surgeon said not being 100% was NOT an option. The Lord says not being 100% is NOT an option. 

So, if you are struggling, hitting brick walls, roadblocks, unknown paths, you need to do what you can in the meantime: STRENGTHEN, STRENGTHEN, STRENGTHEN. You can strengthen what you can, keep working all while praying resolution.

Don’t get drawn offsides, like Abigail reminding David it would be foolish to go after a fool (in 1 Samuel 25), that there were bigger fish to fry, bigger future successes to partake in. Don’t let the little stuff catch you up into slicing off your whole future. Do what you can and let God do the rest. 

God knew and knows the plan. He has precise cuts in store. He will take care of the score. Don’t let the evil in the world hold you back, He takes care of all in His time. He will render the end in His Way.

Meanwhile, STRENGTHEN, STRENGTHEN, STRENGTHEN.

Amen 

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Psalm 73

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

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