How do you handle tough days when one problem introduces another? These days can be discouraging and test our faith. The following account occurred on a company accident form:
When I got to the building I found that the hurricane had knocked off some bricks around the top. So I rigged up a beam with a pulley at the top of the building and hoisted up a couple barrels full of bricks. When I had fixed the damaged area, there were a lot of bricks left over. Then I went to the bottom and began releasing the line. Unfortunately, the barrel of bricks was much heavier than I was – and before I knew what was happening the barrel started coming down, jerking me up.
I decided to hang on since I was too far off the ground by then to jump, and halfway up I met the barrel of bricks coming down fast. I received a hard blow on my shoulder. I then continued to the top, banging my head against the beam and getting my fingers pinched and jammed in the pulley. When the barrel hit the ground hard, it burst its bottom, allowing the bricks to spill out.
I was now heavier than the barrel. So I started down again at high speed. Halfway down I met the barrel coming up fast and received severe injuries to my shins. When I hit the ground, I landed on the pile of spilled bricks, getting several painful cuts and deep bruises. At this point I must have lost my presence of mind, because I let go of my grip on the line. The barrel came down fast – giving me another blow on my head and putting me in the hospital. I respectfully request sick leave.
Tags: pain, trials, trouble
Shortly after my prostate surgery last October, I began having lower back pain. It started early during recovery and I thought it was from sitting in one place for too long. But it continued after I was up and about and back to work. I did stretch exercises, but it didn’t seem to help. I went to see my chiropractor and complained about it. He had me lay on my belly and pressed a certain point on my back.
“Ow!”, I said, “That’s it.”
He replied, “That’s what I thought. That’s where the nerves that go to the prostate are.”
He began therapy for that particular area and it got much better. I never would have thought of that. I was focusing on the symptoms instead of the root problem. And that got me to thinking. So many people are trying to fix the symptoms in their lives instead of going to the Great Physician to identify and fix the root problem.
If I have to suffer to learn that lesson, others may just as well learn from it, too.
It was the Lord Himself that said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).
Tags: pain, recovery, trials
One of my heroes of the faith is St. Patrick. There are many true stories about him and there are many legends. One story is told about the baptism of King Aengus by St. Patrick in the middle of the fifth century. Sometime during the rite, St. Patrick leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and inadvertently stabbed the king’s foot. After the baptism was over, St. Patrick looked down at all the blood, realized what he had done, and begged the king’s forgiveness. Why did you suffer this pain in silence, the Saint wanted to know. The king replied, “I thought it was part of the ritual.”
Whether this story is true or merely legend, it illustrates the truth that sometimes we have to put up with pain as the Lord develops and purifies us. Hang onto your faith and never, never, never give up.
Tags: pain, patience, St. Patrick