Nearly 30 years ago, I had a bad fall when I broke into my house through a basement window. I had grown up in that house and I knew from personal experience that if you kicked a certain window in a certain way, the latch would release and you could crawl in through the window.
In those days, I rode the bus to work each day. Usually my husband would drop off and pick up our son from our daycare provider who lived about 1/2 mile away from our house. On this particular day, my husband was working late so I got off the bus just down the street from her house and picked up my son. On the way home, I glanced up at the sky and noted the threatening clouds. I hoped we would get home before the rain started to fall.
Arriving at home, I reached into my purse for my keys and uh, oh. They were nowhere to be found. I must have left them at home (which I later discovered that I did). I tried the other two doors. Nope, they were locked. I sighed and my two year old son and I headed to "the window" that had always rescued me in a pinch. I expertly kicked the window frame in "the spot" and it popped open. Telling my son to stay put, I slipped in through the window but I had forgotten that I had moved an old desk chair over near that window and as I let myself down to the floor feet first, I hit the chair and whoosh! Down I went flat on my back on my back.
As I lay there for a second with roaring in my ears, I heard a small voice scream, "Mommy!" My maternal instinct kicked in. My baby was out there alone and if I blacked out... I sprang to my feet to rescue my child, pulling him safely to my side.
I thought I was just a bit bruised but a day or two later realized I must have also strained my back when I had leaped up suddenly. I ended up getting it treated and missing a couple of days of work. I thought it was all over but every once in awhile, that old injury flares up again. Sometimes I can go for years without it flaring up but then I do something to aggravate things once again and there it is.
It flared up again the other day. It is getting better but oh, I am suddenly very much aware of this part of my body. The left side is fine. It is all nice and relaxed, functioning like it is supposed to but this right side causes me to walk a bit strange. It is not as flexible as the other side at the moment. I also notice something else. Because I am not walking properly, other parts of my body start to hurt as well as they are forced into unnatural positions or have to carry more weight than they are used to carrying. OUCH!
I am getting better and soon everything will be back to normal. I can't wait! However, my injury got me to thinking about this verse:
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26 (KJV)
We are a part of the Body of Christ. We must not disregard the struggles and pain of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead, we need to come up along side them lending our prayers and our support. When they do well, we need to rejoice along with them and encourage them to continue to press on. Are we?
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"And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26 (KJV)"
"We are a part of the Body of Christ. We must not disregard the struggles and pain of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead, we need to come up along side them lending our prayers and our support. When they do well, we need to rejoice along with them and encourage them to continue to press on. Are we?"
The human body is the perfect metaphor for this scripture verse, it amazingly underscores your last paragraph [above]; and your question is one that we must "seriously" ask ourselves more frequently, then seek God's guidance as to how to better lend our prayers and support to our brothers and sisters in struggles if He shows us we are failing in this area -- and/or seek to repair a relationship if it needs fixed. *This (repairing a relationship), in particular, has been on my heart of late.
Thank you for an(other) excellent blog, K !