Friends, it is a joy to welcome my friend Misty Phillip to the blog today. She has an amazing story of difficulty and hope to share with you, and I know you will be encouraged by it.
A few years ago, my eldest son Jacob worked part-time while he attended college. His co-workers were raising money for MS by riding their bicycles from Houston to Austin, which is about 150 miles. It is called the MS 150 and is a 2 day event where rider’s put in approximately 75 miles each day. My son decided he wanted to join them, so he signed up for the race. He bought a bicycle and all the gear a few months before the race.
Gearing up for the race requires putting in many miles before the day of the ride. Most people train for a few months leading up to the race to properly prepare their legs, and body. They begin with a 8-10 mile ride, and work up incrementally until they are completing long rides between 25-40 miles in the weeks preceding the race. His co-workers trained with a dedicated training group.
As a busy commuter student enrolled in the honors college and working part-time at a consulting firm, his free time was limited. He occasionally played ultimate frisbee when he had time, but didn’t have a regular fitness regime. He missed several of the group training rides, and I became concerned that he wouldn’t be ready for the race. I encouraged him to go on some longer rides at a park near us, saying I would go with him.
It was a beautiful spring day and we set off to ride. Jacob immediately hit the trail while my youngest son, Ian, and I set off for a shorter, more leisurely ride. It was rather warm that day and I decided not to wear a helmet. I know, I know. You should always wear a helmet! But like I said it was really hot that day, and I grew up riding a bike without wearing a helmet. I thought surely I would be fine.
Not wearing one was my first mistake that day.
The second was thinking that I was clever and using velcro to attach my phone to the handlebars so I could track my progress and change my music. The third mistake happened when my phone slipped out of place and jerked my earbuds out of my ears.
I instinctively grabbed the left brake to stop so that my headphones wouldn’t get caught in the wheels. All of a sudden, I came to a screeching halt and catapulted over my handlebars.
As I flew through the air, I put my arms out in front of me to protect my head, and that is when I snapped both of my arms. I broke both of my arms and dislocated my wrist.
It took me a year to recover after one surgery, three plates and twenty screws, two removable casts, six months of physical therapy and three huge scars on my arms.
For months I couldn’t do anything for myself or for anyone else.
I couldn’t feed myself, brush my hair brush my teeth, wash my face, put makeup on or dress myself. I had to rely on my husband and boys to do everything around the house and for me. This was quite a humbling experience because I was the one who did everything for everyone else, and now I couldn’t do anything!
As terrible and traumatic as it was to have two broken arms, there was one thing I was able to do: pray.
Although I was unable to control what was happening all around me, the thing that got me through those days of excruciating pain and helplessness was my constant communication with the Lord. As awful as that experience was, God used it in a powerful way to show me how much He loved and cared for me.
I completely surrendered to His will. There was nothing I could to earn acceptance or work to please God. I was completely at His mercy.
This difficult season is when He showed me there was nothing that I could do for Him. Because He lovingly did it all for me.
Jesus Christ submitted himself to death on the cross to conquer sin, death, and hell for me because He loved me. Even in the midst of my sin, He came to die for me, and He came to die for you.
I don’t know what difficult situations that you may be facing friend, but I do know that you have a loving Heavenly Father who sees you in the midst of your affliction. Nothing escapes his watchful eye. He loves and cares for you, and wants you to know that He is with you in the midst of the struggle..
Now is the time to know what God says about you and how you can live a victorious life.
An Invitation for You:
I share this story along with other wisdom I‘ve learned along the way in The Struggle is Real: But so is God Bible Study.
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-Teach you how to declare scripture over yourself to strengthen your inner being.
-Show you how to conquer challenges by activating God’s Word in your life.
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About the Author:
Misty Phillip is passionate about helping women overcome challenges in life by seeking Jesus, studying the Word and growing in grace. She is the author of The Struggle is Real: But so is God Bible Study, founder and host of the By His Grace Podcast, sought after speaker and blogger at MistyPhillip.com