I played basketball!! With my injured shoulder!! With no pain!! 😀 😀
Let me give you some back story on this: My family and I drove to Colorado this weekend to visit some friends, and pick up some meat (these friends raise cows and sell the meat…so we bought some.).
So while we were there, my friend brought out a basketball…and we started poking around with it. I was hesitant, but decided to try anyway. I took the basketball, and shot it…made it through the hoop. And again, and again, and again. My first four times, I made every shot! I was so amazed. We kept playing, and it was really fun!
We ended up playing “Horse” – the game where if you miss the hoop, you get a letter (starting with H) and you can only play until you’ve spelled the word “Horse”. I’m sure everyone in the universe knows how to play this game. Except me. I had to be taught it and was quite confused at first, haha. But eventually I got it down, and slowly it morphed into “Basketball”, “Soccer”, and for some weird reason, “Shoe”. I don’t even remember what really happened in that game, because we were called in for lunch. 😉
It was so nice playing basketball – not to mention playing with friends who aren’t competitive. That’s really a bonus when you have an injured shoulder and you haven’t played for over 2 years.
I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to traveling again. We’ve traveled a lot more this past year than we have for a long time, and I was really wanting to just stay home. I’m a hermit, home-body, whatever you want to call it – I like to stay in my hometown, unless it’s planned for months ahead. I guess my real problem is that I dislike change. I really do – especially if it’s sudden and without much notice. I don’t know why….but change just rubs me the wrong way. So when this trip came up, I was upset. Our church was having a baptism on Sunday, and it seemed like we were going to miss it. I had plans to get together with a friend on Saturday, and had to cancel that.
However, I had a *lot* of fun, and I’m so glad we went. It wasn’t stressful, it was relaxing and nice. My dad knew how important it was for me to see one of my best friends baptized, so he made sure we left early enough on Sunday to make it home in time for the baptisms – which we did. This has definitely impacted me, and hopefully when future trips come up, I’ll remember it and be a better sport about it.
I’m so thankful that Jesus provided me with the opportunity to play basketball – and took away all pain for it as well. I’d been scared to death to try for a long time, and this shattered all those fears. My shoulder has made *huge* strides lately, and all for the better. Yes, I still have some pain, and some days it’s still sore, but not near like it was.
I believe that my injured shoulder will always be my “thorn in the flesh” like the Apostle Paul had, but I’m sure it’s something I can deal with – after all, “I can do anything, through Christ who strengthens me” – Phil. 4:13.