Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Being thankful for little things

Today I woke up early, sat up in bed, stood up, had a shower, got dressed, read a chapter in my Bible, had breakfast.  I walked, bent over, sat down, got up, knelt down and got up.  In all of this I did not feel any excruciating pain.  Today I rejoice in being able to do the mundane things of life without the fear of stabbing pain.

Yesterday was different.  Sometime in the night I tried to shift in bed, found my feet trapped between my wife’s feet on one side and a cat on the other, and felt a jolt go through my back.  Everything I did all day was painful.  It hurt to move my arms to slide them into the sleeves of my shirt.  It hurt to sit down.  Getting up was worse, even though I tried to keep my back completely straight.  I walked slowly and carefully.  Getting into the car was bad, getting out was almost all I could do.  I felt the bumps in the road, I felt pain when I turned to look for cars beside or behind me.  Sometimes just turning the steering wheel gave me a stab in the back.

It was the cat’s fault.  My wife was innocently asleep.  I was asleep too, just unconsciously shifting position, until the stab of pain in my back.  We have trained the cat to sleep somewhere else, but every once in awhile he will sneak onto our bed when we are asleep.  But the cat was asleep, too.  How can I feel too upset with him?

It just happened.  A reminder that there are alternatives to going through life with no conscious awareness of what the bones and muscles in my body are doing.  I took aspirin and Tylenol through the day and that dulled the pain.  Still, when I went to bed last night I did it very gingerly and shifted very carefully until I found a position that caused me no pain.  And I stayed in that position until morning.  And the cat didn’t come near the bed all night.

During the night it unhappened.  Whatever was out of place in my back slipped back into place.  Today I am free and perhaps for the first time I realize what a blessing it is to be able to do all the little everyday things of life without pain.

Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.


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