Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Days Are In His Hands

Apparently oversized Wellingtons are not the best footwear  for trudging through snow, or perhaps I am not used to walking in the slippery white stuff. (wait, it's not meant to be walked in right?) At any rate, I managed to strain my back during one of my snow adventures last week.  I knew snow was meant to be admired from the warmth of my cozy home, but I was compelled to experience it up close and personal and am now paying the price for my excursion.

I am still able to get around,  but have been slowed down considerably, AND it's taking longer to get better than I would like. Throwing my back out did not fit into MY plans and I am finding that I am more than a little annoyed about it. The truth is I have been really frustrated, and just plain irritated that this happened and my attitude has reflected as much. We had two quiet homebound days last week because the snow shut everything down, but now I had things to do. I had MY plans!

The Lord was faithful to remind me that "my times are in your hands" Psalm 31:15

If this is true, and I believe it to be so, then this bump in the road is part of his plan. After I got to a point of surrender, I was able to think of things that I could be thankful for, in the midst of this newest dilemma.... my husband was home, he was able to drive me,  and I was able to get a short notice physical therapy visit, and I have remained mobile. (not always the case in the past)

I am sure I will have to remind myself again, and again that my times are in his hands (I am sure several more times today, at least) but for now I am content knowing that he is in control.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Good post! We are most definitely in His hands at all times.

I got the following in my email box this morning from Streams in the Desert. It touched my heart and may it touch yours also. There are times and more times in our lives when we have to be still.

Hope you feel much better soon.



Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days--these waiting days--as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, 'tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart's deep love.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord's will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could'st thou for Him fill?
'Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
'Tis hard, 'tis true! But then--He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
--J. D. Smith

Sandy said...

This is a good post; agree with Lorraine. And, it was a wonderful devotional from 'Streams' and I'm glad to see it here again.
Take care~

Lea said...

Oh, I am so sorry, I do know about back issues. Have you seen a Chiropractor? I'm a believer in them and see mine regularly and haven't had any back issues in over 5 years.

Hoping you are much better and will back to your regular routine quickly.

Debbie said...

"After I got to a point of surrender, I was able to think of things that I could be thankful for..."

I think I ought to make that into a wall plaque and hang it on my wall someplace. It is straight to the point of it, after all. Why is it that it takes me so long to get to the point of surrender?

I hope you are completely well in no time, if not now. I'm sorry your back put you out of commission. ( I would have trudged outside too...)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Excellent reminder! Hope your physical therapy helps and that you get relief soon.

Debbie said...

I can soo relate to every word of this. I have had several physical issues recently and they just don't work in. I am frustrated and annoyed and at times feeling pretty sorry for myself. But believe it or not our Bibls study this week focused on "surrender" and how we need to do just that. Your post was another reminder for me. Our paths are directed by Him. Nothing happens that He doesn't control. He ALWAYS has our best in mind. And at the end of the day these things always have me running to Him. A good place to be. I am sorry you hurt your back. But your right. You are still mobile and you've got the PT going already. Praying you are ALL better soon. HUGS

Sassy Granny ... said...

I think of Paul's "light & momentary afflictions", and the great glory that comes on their heels ~ often later versus sooner. It's a lesson I've had to learn repeatedly given my particular affliction: selective memory.