Week 30 – Physical Therapy following Back Surgery & Pulling Weeds

It has almost been 7 months since my surgery and I am on my second week of Physical Therapy.  I HAVE NO BACK PAIN.  I HAVE NO RESTRICTIONS!  THANK YOU LORD!  I have been running now for two weeks at 6 MPH for 25 minutes for 5 days per week and am feeling great.  I have also been lifting weights for 25 minutes, 3 days per week.  I have not been lifting very much weight (about half of what I used to for this first month – my own restriction) but it has felt good to get back in the gym.  I am going to play basketball tomorrow and will do my best to stay under control; I will shoot mostly from the outside and not drive the lane too much.  However, my game has always been driving to the hoop.  It has only been in recent years that I have started shooting the “three” and it is true, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.  I love to drive the lane, shoot the reverse lay-up or give a behind the back pass to a team mate waiting near the basket.  Yes, I did pass the ball once.  The guy was so surprised he dropped it.

This past week I was able to clean the garage and vacuum out the cars and do some work that I have neglected in the past 6 months following my surgery.  I was finally able to work in the gardens in the back yard.  The gardens have had some weeds and Bermuda grass creep in a little bit during the last 6 months.  I spent about 15 minutes pulling weeds one afternoon last week and had those garden looking pretty good!  A few days later I noticed some new Bermuda grass and some new weeds popping up.  There were not as many as when I started at the beginning of the week, but there were some new ones just the same.  I know that it will take some time and attention to get that garden back into shape.  It did not get into its current state in one day and it will not be changed overnight.

My experience with that garden reminds me of our interactions with other people.  Sometimes situations happen in life that keep us from properly tending to certain relationships; we ignore others in our life and don’t pay them the time and attention they need.  We set them aside for a little while just like I did that flower garden in my back yard following my back surgery.  Because of the neglect, weeds creep in, flowers that haven’t been properly tended to begin to fade and the overall state of the garden just isn’t what it should be.  This type of relationship is not God’s desire for His children.  Jesus said in John 13:35

“By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”.  John 13:35

Our Lord desires that we walk in peace and harmony.  The Lord desires that we love others and tend to our relationships in a way that brings Him glory and honor.  Sometimes we don’t live up to God’s desire and relationships are strained.  While we can be reconciled unto God instantaneously by merely asking for forgiveness, we have to understand that reconciliation with others can be a longer process.  It can take time and attention to restore relationships.  Sometimes hurt, pain and frustrations are deeply rooted and are not as quickly removed as Bermuda grass.  Just like gardening, it also requires some time on one’s knees.  My experience has been that anything God wants you to do, He will help you to do.

2 Cor 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, all thing have become new.  18   Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,

  If you would like to know more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can send me an email directly at pastorpstephens@aol.com

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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