“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” –James 1:5 (NIV)
Everyone has been there: just making traction on your fitness goal, when injury strikes out of nowhere. A broken leg, twisted ankle, displaced shoulder, a sickness, or some other obstacle- standing in between you and optimal health. Sometimes you just aren’t sure if it is the enemy attacking your progress… or God telling you that you need to rest.
So what’s a fitness guru to do? First things first: stop and pray. Ask the Lord for wisdom on what this means. Is He trying to tell you something? Is this a warning? Is God going to heal you miraculously, through rest, or should you seek medical attention?
Next, take the necessary steps as His wisdom directs you. Depending on the severity of the injury, this may range from Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate (RICE) to dialing 9-1-1. Continue to focus on proper nutrition and getting plenty of sleep to encourage your body to heal.
As the healing process begins, ask God what you can learn from this experience. Do not condemn yourself, but ask for discernment. Learn to listen to your body. Did you push your body too far? Were you getting adequate sleep, nutrition, or rest days? Is there something else He wants you to focus on during this time?
Lastly, trust Him. Know that He created you and He is the ultimate healer and provider of comfort! If the healing process is long, continue to seek Him and pray for grace to endure. Take whatever steps are your responsibility in the natural to help the healing process… and God will bring His “SUPER” to your natural. If there is no action you can take, then surrender this issue to Him. There is nothing too hard for our God. He is not surprised by what you are going through, and He will be there beside you every step of the way.
Here’s to your health!