Folks in our day and age don’t say the word TREAD much – we say walk more often than not; however, the word TREADMILL is not only familiar to most of us, but a regular part of healthy living. I really hate using the treadmill at the gym – but it’s honestly not because I’m lazy! The chronic sciatica I’ve suffered with for over 30 years has held me back – I have this thing about hurting… I don’t dig it. My leg burns from the moment I wake up in the morning until I blissfully go to sleep at night. I’m very happy when I’m asleep.
Through the years I’ve done different things to make it better – right after the injury I was in physical therapy for several months – nearly a year. I was on strong pain medications but as we all know, they have unwelcome side effects. I decided they weren’t worth it – so I weaned myself off of them and tried to keep moving. It hurts like crazy, but I have to keep moving.
Today I have no brain fog and other effects of strong pain meds have disappeared. I have given the issue to God. Don’t roll your eyes at me… it’s true. Now I take 2 Aleve in the morning and move as much as I can. God’s helping me, but I had no doubt He would.
A pastor’s wife once told me, “Everybody has SOMETHING.” At first, I thought that was her not so subtle way of telling me she didn’t want to hear about my issues (which I don’t recall sharing at the time anyway). But I put a pin in the comment and stuck it in the back of my mind. She’s right – we’re human and we get tired, weary, discouraged at times, and close to quitting. Then – God steps in. He never shows up early – but He steps in – just in time – His perfect time. I’ve found that to be true and I’ve heard testimony after testimony that bears this out.
I can’t explain how my messed up back with a burning sciatic nerve has the ability to walk on the treadmill, ride the bike, and do other machines… it’s all God – He has given me the strength and the GOD-bility to keep moving. I praise Him for helping me every day!
God helps us do what we have to do – but even more exciting… He helps us do what we like to do – and most writers would say… what they absolutely must do! God has put such a desire within us to write, and everybody knows… a writer WRITES… about anything, anytime, anywhere. Put me in an elevator by myself and shut the door. If I have a pencil and some paper (or a napkin, preferably unused, but…) – I can come up with something – it could be about the color of the buttons… lol. Maybe there’s a fly in the elevator with me. Hmm… bonus!
If you’re feeling like you can’t tread… or walk on the treadmill… remember, with God and His strength – you can! Climb those mountains like a deer! 🙂