Now, one year later, despite the subtle physical reminders, I look at how FAR I've come, and can't help but feel incredibly BLESSED and GRATEFUL that God not only carried me THOUGH that season of change, but He chose to heal me, as well! When I look back to a year ago, I am reminded of the old saying,"there but for the grace of God", it could have been ME writing one of those horror stories of continued pain and anguish from sciatic nerve damage. Oh, I still have moments when my back starts aching if I bend over too long, and I still have leg weakness and numbness in my foot from time to time, but I can honestly say my life is a thousand times BETTER than it was just one year ago, thanks to God's NEVER CHANGING faithfulness, grace and mercy!
No one is promised life without change. God didn't say our lives would NEVER be without it. As a matter of fact, He says in His Word,
"outwardly we are wasting away,(CHANGING)yet inwardly we are being renewed (CHANGING) day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16) He also says, "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal (CHANGE) that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you." (1 Peter 4:12)
Change is not only a fact of life, it's clearly spoken from God's word!
Life changes for all of us. In fact, it's ever-changing! Sometimes it's a "blink of an eye" kind of change, and for others it's a more gradual change. Sometimes it's a change that hits us "out of the blue" - like the day that sciatic nerve pain hit me. And then sometimes its a change that happens over a period of time - like watching your hair turn gray! lol! But no matter HOW the change happens, OR what kind of change it is, I've learned that it's your FAITH and TRUST in God that determines HOW you deal with it at the time, and how you'll look back on it, "one year later".
Change is an inevitable part of our lives, no matter whether its a GOOD change, or BAD. And when we're faced with ANY kind of change in our lives, it's easy to lose our focus and concentrate on the change (like I did with my sciatic nerve pain), instead of on the One who can help us deal with that change - God. Thankfully, our God DOESN'T change, and is always FAITHFUL, MERCIFUL and TRUSTWORTHY!
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
"I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed."
If you're dealing with ANY kind of change in your life, try to focus on God's faithfulness and promises to carry you THROUGH that change, knowing that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28), and I believe one year from now, you'll be giving Him the glory and praise for being faithful to you just like He was to me!
Peace, blessings and God's favor and grace to you always,