The past couple of days have been pretty uneventful. I’m glad that we have returned to some spring weather, it helps to be able to get outside. My physical therapist comes for a visit tomorrow. Next week the schedule picks up a little with some doctor appointments and other commitments.
My shoulders are becoming the priority in my rehab workouts. My legs are slowly getting stronger, and my arms are getting stronger, but my shoulder muscles are lagging behind development. My ability to lift my arms up is about what is was when I left the hospital in December. I do have a follow up appointment with my neurologist in April and next week I will have some nerve testing on my left shoulder.
Around the house I am trying to take time to use the walker to transfer from my wheelchair the recliner. This provides some intermittent exercise outside of dedicated workout time.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…
If you fear the Lord, trust the Lord. He is your helper and your shield. The Lord, who is always thinking about us, will bless us. Psalms 115:11,12
This Psalm was part of my Bible reading this morning. I liked the direct, powerful and encouraging words.
Trusting the Lord is a natural response to living in the “fear of the Lord.” The fear of the Lord is not a dreadful and oppressive fear. It is not like the little boy who was sitting in the corner after being disciplined by his father. The boy said, “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I am standing up on the inside.” The reverential respect that involves the fear of the Lord is understanding His great power and the importance of honoring Him, but it is in the context of understanding His love for us.
“He is our helper and shield.” For those who lived in a day when military conflict that threatened your life was as regular as Sunday football, having a God who is helper and shield has significant meaning.
God told Abraham, “I am your shield. Your reward will be very great.” Genesis 15:1
David exclaimed, “God’s way is perfect! The promise of the Lord has proven to be true. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.” Psalms18:30
“But you, O Lord, are a shield that surrounds me. You are my glory. You hold my head high.” Psalms 3:3
The Psalmist reminds us that God is not a superhero showing up in the nick of time and otherwise disconnected with our lives. He says, the Lord is, “…always thinking about us…”
When difficulties come it is easy, almost natural to wonder where God is, or if He is near. During those moments it is important to remember this verse and to cling onto the assurance of God’s presence and awareness of our need and His promise to bless.
Our response to this great assurance is reflected in the final verse of Psalms 115…
“But we will thank the Lord now and forever. Hallelujah!”
Please pray for…
- Progress in therapy
- Shoulder strength
- Improvement in blood work