I think I’ve decided what I “need.” I heard this song last night by the Sidewalk Prophets. It said something about ‘show me you’re a bigger God than I could have ever imagined.’ I also read this blip out of “The Cure” by John Lynch. The tagline of the book is “When God isn’t who you think he is… and neither are you.”
I’ve had this vague understanding of who God is in my short walk. Sometimes I don’t think I fear Him the way I ought to. My friend Shawna taught me the verbage, “He knows my heart.” No matter what I say or do, he knows my heart and even if I can’t articulate my conceptions, He hears me. Sometimes it’s just me who needs to be able to articulate what I am thinking. Not so much for Him, but for me.
The other night I lay on the floor while Toby tried to massage and stretch out my left arm. Something is going on. My shoulder is tender, sore, tires easily. I am getting cramping throughout the whole arm. In places it waxes and wanes like a painful toothache. It seems to be triggered more when I have my arm bent – it does not have to be flexed. By Saturday, it had built up for 4-5 days. We’re trying to figure out how to make this pain better and I am at the point of havin’ to do something. The pain is acute. I had all three babies naturally, I know what severe pain feels like.
Tears roll from my face to the carpet beneath me as Toby tried to work on my arm. Tears are welling up in Toby’s eyes and heart. This is so hard you guys. I am so beyond tired and frustrated and sad. I cannot nurture Toby and it’s difficult that I am the cause of his anguish, even if its not my fault. I cry to the Lord, but sometimes it seems that the trials are only getting harder, faster, and more complicated than before.
Lord, hear my cry. We are not fine. Sometimes it feels like this life has started at the point of difficulty and then it just got worse with time. There are times when I see you. But, there are a lot more times when I don’t see or feel you. I’ve always felt justified in asking that if this life must be so physically and emotionally painful, that you could make something else easier. Evidently that’s not your plan. In case you haven’t noticed, I sort of need you a lot right now. Big. I need you to make your presence in my life bigger than I ever could have imagined. I need some hope to hold on to. I need a season of peace. Bless me with your wisdom Lord, that I might use it in every aspect of my life. Let me find myself living the life of trust and grace in you. Amen.
The last decent issue I had with my health was in July. It was a similar version of what I’m going through now, but in my right arm. More in my armpit and shoulder. The most similar experience that I could relate the pain to was shingles. I started on the shingles medication right away so I never did break out in the rash. Now, I’m unsure if it really was shingles or part of my disease process. July… August… September… October… November. It’s building momentum.
I need a really big God.