I had surgery on my neck to remove and replace a floating disk. I sat in my house for two weeks, barely moving as I began the healing process. Covered in abundant prayer for this procedure, my blood pressure was lower than it has been in years! I certainly felt peace regarding the surgery, though I remained nervous that they went through my throat. She carefully moved my esophagus, voice box, and carotid artery ‘out of her way’. It was troubling the way the doctor explained it, as though it is simply what we do every day. I suppose it is routine to a neurosurgeon, but it was foreign to me.
Things are progressing well. I am in a neck collar for another six weeks. I am extremely limited in motion, not able to lift over a gallon of milk. Being a busy person in general, I struggle to sit back, relax, and let the healing take its course. While I am free to drive now, it can lead to pain. When I wanted to plant some flowers, instead of bringing my dirt to the flowerpots, I had to bring small containers of dirt over in multiple trips. While these instructions can be limiting, in the end, the results will be freeing.
I read a statistic the other day that Colorado has become the number one state for road rage. Not a lovely stat to own. When dealing with poor choices by drivers on the road, my own response should be limited, or even nonexistent. Do everything in love, right. This includes reacting and responding to road issues. The same is true regarding life in general. As a Christian, God provides a road map for us. Scripture instructs us in living. While many look at those instructions as limitations, just like my instructions for my neck, in the end, the result will be freeing.
Our journey through this life is about growth. Growing for Christ never ends. Whether it is in discipline, such as learning to read your Bible daily or it is personal growth in loving all without measure. The longer we follow Christ, the more most will admit they have much to learn.
A Christian never has it all figured out, never reaches perfection, never stops seeking Jesus.
The worldly perception of the Christ follower is often opposite of the truth. We hear words like uptight, prude, mousey, and there is always hypocritical thrown in by someone. Believers do not go to church because we are better than or perfect. We go to church because we are broken, humbled, and desire to meet with others who know exactly what that means! There is a misconception that we whisper to one another about others, judging them. Does the world realize that most people in the church today have a past and a story of where they began and where Christ alone has brought them this far! How can anyone judge another’s journey when we have all walked in similar shoes?
When we choose to live for Jesus, our lives change. Some of those changes usher in new boundaries we never chose to live in before. For us who choose God over the world, we welcome the change. It is often change that we felt just past our reach for years.
Romans 7:15-20 (ESV)
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
May the limitations and boundaries of God’s glorious Word bring to light the incredible freedom that can only be received through His love and mercy.