Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
Isaiah 30: 20 NIV
My Quiet Time one morning bought up this verse and it got me thinking about my persistent problem I’ve had these past few years. My Plantar Fasciitus.
Looking back, I didn’t hand this over to God nearly enough. I also didn’t use the opportunity to ask God what he wanted to teach me, what He wanted me to do, or to trust Him with it. But despite my stubborn ways, I have learnt some things which I thought I would share with you.
1: I have a greater empathy for those that are struggling.
Living with constant pain and the challenges that it provides has made me aware of what other people are going through. I have come to realise that living with constant pain is frustrating, tiring and so debilitating! I have developed a greater understanding and empathy for those who are suffering, and how even the most simplist things can be challenging as it requires so much effort.
2: Living with constant pain is debilitating
I was fortunate that I would have a few hours over lunchtime when my pain would clear up- a few hours where I could do normal things… When my foot was at its worst, my depression flared up again and I had no enthusiasm to do anything. The biggest one for me was that in the evenings I just wanted to collapse on a sofa. That’s all very well and good but it resulted in the kitchen being cleared up every second or third day (and at lunchtime, so my hubby seldom saw it tidy), and the children’s routines in the evening were very basic.
3: It’s important to adjust routines.
As I mentioned that I only felt good at lunchtime, so I started to make regular use of my slow cooker (crockpot) so I didn’t have to cook in the evenings when my feet were sore, I would wash up, do the laundry, or get out with catching up with friends. As I would have about 2-3 hours in a day when I felt well enough to do anything, the basic tasks of keeping a house tidy fell by the wayside as I needed to adjust my routine and prioritise what was important.
4: It’s ok to ask for help.
This was one I didn’t do enough of. Asking for help was just too challenging at times. Call it pride.
Simple things would have made a difference…
: Asking a friend to bring the children home from school.
: Asking hubby to wash up or make the teas in the evening.
: Ensuring the children do their routines, so help to keep the house tidy.
: (If it’s a feasible option) Paying for someone to help you.
5: Sometimes we just got a praise Jesus anyway…
Through it all, I’ve learnt that I need to rely on God more, and that I need to praise God, regardless of the situation.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV