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WARNING: Curbs can be hazardous to your health! Can you believe it! After a busy Sandwich Generation day of running errands with my senior mom, having a fun tea party with my grandsons using a variety of mismatched but fun tea cups and teapots that I call my mish mosh kids tea set, and picking up my grandtween, I managed to stop off a curb "funny" and twisted my foot. – bad – badly – it really doesn't matter which word is correct. They both spell PAIN! 🙂
God was definitely preparing me for this, though. While waiting for my senior mom earlier today, I started a Sunday devotional on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (KJV) Or, as the New King James Version (NKJV) puts it, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Then, a half hour before my accident, I was walking through church and got mildly irked about something. I don't even remember what, but God "thumped me on the head" and reminded me I needed to "Rejoice always" and "in everything give thanks for this is the will of God!" I walked through the hallway reciting these three verses to myself several times to help me "take every thought captive to obey Christ."
When I twisted my ankle, my first reaction was a screech, my second reaction was "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO," and my third reaction was to set the right example for my grandtween sitting beside me. So I started praying out loud, "Lord, thank You for allowing this to happen. Please don't let it be serious BUT I choose to rejoice, pray, and in everything – even this – give thanks."
No, I am not a super-Christian! I spent plenty of time as I was driving home, praying "Please, please, please don't let it be broken," but years of putting God's Word into my heart, knowing and trusting the will of God, along with daily surrendering to the will of God and seeking to "Fully Rely On God," kept me coming back to choosing to praise Him NO MATTER WHAT.
So now, I am writing this while sitting in the urgent care waiting room, still praying, waiting, and knowing God has all of this and all that's on my upcoming, very busy Sandwich Generation schedule for the next two months in HIS hand and in HIS control. And I am praising Him for again using me to plant positive spiritual seeds in the hearts of my grandkids. As much as this hurts, that makes it worth it for moments like this, don't you think? 🙂 And yes, I would LOVE your prayers, and thank you very much for them.
P.S. Well, it's been diagnosed as a 5th (fifth) metatarsal fracture. I'll probably be in a boot instead of a cast – YAY! That means some metatarsal pain from my broken fifth metatarsal, some motrin, some time with my foot up, a slower pace BUT I can still drive, travel, and help with the grandkiddies. This Sandwich Generation grandma will be able keep on keeping on. God is GOOD! 🙂