Scraps of Life, Part 1

What Happened

I was ready to turn a new corner at the beginning of my 60th year.

I had re-arranged my life; organized the house making space to create, minister, and time to help my aging parents.

I had just come off of a very busy June of birthdays, our anniversary, Father’s Day, a family reunion in Canada.

Now I was home to begin this new phase of my life.

And then it all came to a crashing halt on a Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2018.

I was doing what I’ve done many times before; stepping onto a stepping stone in my yard near the water faucet on the house I use to water my flowers, but this time I was careless.

I stepped only partway with my right foot onto the stone which was raised above the ground some.  I immediately twisted my ankle and fell back hard on my other leg. I don’t know exactly how I landed but I remember feeling my rear hit the ground. My leg must have been under it. Here is a photo reinacting my mis-step.

footstone

It all happened so fast I had no time to catch myself.

As I write this now in February 2019, my heart is beating a little faster just thinking about that moment.  It felt like I was being pushed down.  The ground was packed hard underneath me and as I peeked through my bent legs I could see that the ankle on my left leg was unnaturally swollen.  I knew immediately that I could not step on that leg – something was seriously wrong.

My husband and daughter were in the house so I began to call for my husband.  Rob!  Rob!  I called and called but no one came.  I saw two of my neighbors across the street but no one was even looking my way.  I stopped calling and began to worry that I was going to have to move – could I crawl to the house?  And the words formed in my head…Really God? Now this? Really?

Reflect:

It is very natural to question God when the unexpected happens.  Whether you are in a season of unexpected happenings or not, I invite you to take a few moments and read slowly through the scripture below, talking with God about what you notice.

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord

who created you.

O Israel, the one who formed you says,

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are mine.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through the rivers of difficulty,

you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,

you will not be burned up;

the flames will not consume you.

For I am the Lord, your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’

 Isaiah 43:1-3a (NLT)

 

 

4 thoughts on “Scraps of Life, Part 1

  1. friesg1

    Powerful Scripture! I know the feeling! Thanks Susan

    On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 4:04 AM Words from a Sparrow wrote:

    > wordsfromasparrow posted: “What Happened I was ready to turn a new corner > at the beginning of my 60th year. I had re-arranged my life; organized the > house making space to create, minister, and time to help my aging parents. > I had just come off of a very busy June of birthdays, our ” >

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      1. Eileen Barkman

        Thanks, Jenny, for sharing this. The new corner you turned in life was a different one from what you expected. I have a hunch God has done a lot of shaping and polishing in your life through that unexpected turn.

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  2. Eileen Barkman

    I did a similar antic in August. Taking a walk, I wasn’t watching where I placed my foot. My foot landed on a slanted part of the pavement, my ankle twisted and I went down so fast I didn’t know what was happening. Thankfully, my injury wasn’t nearly to the degree that yours was. Black eye, broken right arm and some bruises. My few weeks of sitting around and being served by others were tough, but so very used by God to show me some attitudes that needed purifying, as well as reminding me the importance of sitting quietly, unrushed, in God’s presence. I don’t want to forget the beauty of that time, now that I’m up and active again.

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