Ok - learned my lesson - no more running / racing in flip-flops!
Sunday, Tom and I "raced" in the backyard a few times all while I was wearing my pretty little flip-floppy sandals. Not smart. Didn't think much about it until Monday when I got ready to do some yardwork and I was hurting a little. I chalked it up to sleeping wrong at first. So I, being me, thought to myself, 'it'll work itself out as I work out in the yard.' Dumb. I did all kinds of stuff - mowing, lifting, digging, etc. - and the pain was still there. So I took some ibuprofen. But when I woke up Tuesday morning to go to work the pain in my lower back was excruciating. I left work early to go home to take some leftover pain medicine I had gotten in the Philippines last fall (stuff knocked me out good). But when I woke up 5 hours later I found that I couldn't sit-up without feeling like I was going to throw up. What was I thinking when I did all that stuff?
So today I am sitting as still as possible here at my desk at work typing this posting. Potholes are murder. I can't look down. Heaven forbid I need to get up from this seat or reach for something....like now when the FedEx is coming in...why do I have to sign for this? Needless to say, I'm going to do the necessaries and probably go to the doctor.
But all my waking day yesterday I kept thinking about the words of Paul and Casting Crowns - we are the body of Christ. Each of us makes up a part of the body. Different parts serving one purpose. If one part hurts - we all hurt. If one part gets victory - we all get victory. We should not think of someone in our church family as a tool to be used, but a part of the body that is irreplaceable and needed at all times. I never realized how my lower back affects everything else...it's putting me out of commission. If my finger bleeds, I can put a bandaid on it, but not type very well. When I had stitches in my leg - I could barely walk or drive without pain. When I get a migraine - forget functioning for a few hours. There is no non-necessary part of the body. We as the body of Christ are all needed.