As has been our family custom for the past few years, we joined at the local YMCA to run in the “Turkey Trot” 5-K early last Thursday morning. There was a stiff wind blowing, but otherwise it was typical November day in Tennessee…
I was running pretty well and feeling good–except for a nagging pain in my right knee. At about the half-way mark, while thinking that I just had to “run through the pain” in my knee, the pain ran through me! I heard or felt a “snap”, and my knee quit working. Fortunately, I was able to hop to the side of the road without falling. Soon, the EMT folks had me safely back to our vehicle.
The last few days, needless to say, have been interesting, frustrating, and humbling. I have had to rely on my precious wife and our almost-as-precious children for almost everything. I have had to master the use of crutches. I have felt the urge to “control” my circumstances many times, but you can’t manipulate, dominate, or intimidate your way out of a bum knee!
What a person can do is pray. I have received awesome and powerful prayer from my wife and from many brothers and sisters in our church family. I have felt faith rise up in me as their prayers–and my own–have been spoken. I’m glad to report that I am MUCH better. God doesn’t “control” at all, but He sure does heal, comfort, and strengthen. He also teaches us great lessons when we suddenly find ourselves unable to control!