Slow Me Down
Over 4th of July weekend, a couple girlfriends and I went glamping (glamour camping) at my friend's family's cabin. On that Saturday morning, we decided to go four-wheeling with her parents and grandparents.
While going up a mountain, I'm not entirely sure what happened, but as I was driving, the four-wheeler veered off the path, and we fell about 20 feet down from the road. My friend, who was riding on the back, was thrown into a tree, and I was pinned underneath the four-wheeler.
Long story short, God was looking out for us. Thank God we had helmets on! My friend broke four ribs and suffered a concussion. I broke my right scapula (shoulder blade).
I've been positive about this experience because I know it could have — should have, even — been 1,000 times worse. But I'm finding as time passes and I'm still in a sling waiting for my body to repair the bone, I'm getting so antsy and frustrated.
I'm right handed, so I'm learning how to do things (writing, typing, eating) with my left hand. If I want my hair pulled back in a ponytail, I need my husband to do it for me, and if he's not around, I need to use a lot of clips and plan on it looking terrible. I can't wear a lot of my shirts because I can't take them off without moving my shoulder, and I can't wear sneakers unless someone is around to tie them for me. Everything takes so much longer to do.
I'm the type of person who is always on the go. I don't like to sit around and relax, especially now that it's summer. I want to be outside hiking, running, taking the dog on long walks, or mountain biking. But I find that I can't or I'm not allowed, according to my doctor, to do any of it.
There is a saying that God does everything for a reason. When the accident happened, and our lives were spared, I knew that God let my friend and me live for a reason — He must have some future plans for us. But the more frustrated I'm getting, the more I've wondered why God let me break my right shoulder blade and not my left. I've come to the conclusion that God, once again, wanted to slow me down.
So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to continue to be positive, and get rid of the frustrations, and thank God every minute that He spared my life. I'm going to enjoy everything God has given me in my life and diligently seek out what His purpose is for me.
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