Monday, December 14, 2015

Joint Pain

“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.” –Genesis 32:24&25

When Lexi was young she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is fairly common in dogs, especially larger breeds. It’s a malformation of the hip joint. Basically the ball and socket don’t fit together properly. Eventually the joint develops arthritis. So far Lexi hasn’t shown any symptoms (stiffness, limping, reluctance to exercise), but we’re careful of her condition. Moderate exercise like walking is important to maintain the strength and flexibility of the joint. That’s one reason my exercise plan is to walk her twice a day and play fetch for only twenty minutes or so. We don’t want to wrench her hip. Jacob’s hip was wrenched when he was forced to wrestle with the mysterious man who appeared to him near the ford of Jabbok. For us, too, walking with God sometimes feels more like a wrestling match. Like Jacob, we come away limping (v. 31). Yet we struggle and overcome (v. 28). Even when we’re thrown out of joint, we trust in God’s divine plan. We have to keep walking to maintain our strength (in faith) and our flexibility (to comply with God’s will).

Dear God, When my walk with you feels more like a wrestling match, help me to struggle on and grow stronger. Amen

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