I was ready to turn a new corner at the beginning of my 60th year.
I had re-arranged my life; organized the house making space to create, minister, and time to help my aging parents.
I had just come off of a very busy June of birthdays, our anniversary, Father’s Day, a family reunion in Canada.
Now I was home to begin this new phase of my life.
And then it all came to a crashing halt on a Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2018.
I was doing what I’ve done many times before; stepping onto a stepping stone in my yard near the water faucet on the house I use to water my flowers, but this time I was careless.
I stepped only partway with my right foot onto the stone which was raised above the ground some. I immediately twisted my ankle and fell back hard on my other leg. I don’t know exactly how I landed but I remember feeling my rear hit the ground. My leg must have been under it. Here is a photo reinacting my mis-step.
It all happened so fast I had no time to catch myself.
As I write this now in February 2019, my heart is beating a little faster just thinking about that moment. It felt like I was being pushed down. The ground was packed hard underneath me and as I peeked through my bent legs I could see that the ankle on my left leg was unnaturally swollen. I knew immediately that I could not step on that leg – something was seriously wrong.
My husband and daughter were in the house so I began to call for my husband. Rob! Rob! I called and called but no one came. I saw two of my neighbors across the street but no one was even looking my way. I stopped calling and began to worry that I was going to have to move – could I crawl to the house? And the words formed in my head…Really God? Now this? Really?
It is very natural to question God when the unexpected happens. Whether you are in a season of unexpected happenings or not, I invite you to take a few moments and read slowly through the scripture below, talking with God about what you notice.
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord
who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through the rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’
Isaiah 43:1-3a (NLT)