“The hardest thing for most patients is staying off their feet the first three days. You can use your crutches to go from your bed to the bathroom. But you must keep your foot elevated for the first three days!”
Hmmph. This doctor doesn’t know me very well. I do not have a problem staying in bed. A good book, my iphone, the iPad, my Bible – not to mention the new mattress that was SOOOO comfortable. I could stay in bed for days. What a luxury!
The plans were set: John would go to work, I would have snacks nearby, and someone would come by to check on me during the day.
Then cabin fever set in. I watched TV, played with my iPhone, and watched more TV. I saw a spider on the floor and crushed it with the crutches – take THAT you eight legged arachnid!
Next, I ran out of water…OH NO! I am a water drinking fool. My husband had threatened (promised?) to pull the water hose through our bedroom window, so I wouldn’t run dry. He didn’t follow through. I had to refill my glass while balancing on one foot with crutches – almost impossible, not to mention dangerous, and something I shouldn’t have been doing!
For the most part, I was faithful to follow the doctor’s orders. I took all my meds, kept my foot elevated above my heart and stayed immobile as much as possible. I was an obedient patient.
My foot healed beautifully! I was finally able to ditch the crutches and walk in an orthopedic boot. Oh, the freedom! Suddenly, I could fill my own water glass. I could cook our dinners (this is the first time ever that I missed doing the cooking and household chores). I could drive, if I was careful. I was FREE, no longer chained to the crutches.
What if I obeyed God’s word as quickly and as willingly as I did the doctor’s orders? What healing and liberty would come? What if I threw down my crutches and walked in the freedom of Christ? What if we all did?
How do I know this? Because I’ve lived it.
Not so long ago, the Lord called me out of my comfort zone to serve Him. It would involve speaking in front of a large group of people (horrors). I was obedient and said “Yes” even though I was quaking in my boots.
Here’s what I learned:
About Christ. He equipped me. When I surrendered my will for His, He absolutely equipped me for that service. His Holy Spirit provided words for me when I needed them most (Luke 12:12). You can read about it here.
About myself. Although I don’t love public speaking, I have gained some confidence in it because I trust Christ as He leads me. As I step out more and more in obedience, I see Christ’s provision and faithfulness. This frees me from the shackles of fear.
Imagine walking in confidence, not fear; not worrying what others may think, because we know we are precious in Christ’s eyes. Imagine what life would be like without the ball and chain of sin holding us back. When we live by the words of Christ, we are set free from the power that sin holds over us.
So Jesus said to those who believed in him, “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (GNT)
In what ways has obedience to Christ set you free?
Until next week,
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