1 Corinthians 10:31
Have you ever really considered this verse? Whatever means what? Everything? Perhaps.
That is how I am thinking of it. Everything I do, I should do it all for God’s glory. Before I left Costa Rica a young lady friend asked me, “Do you only listen to Christian music?” And I replied yes. I began to think on that. And my reasons behind that. Then thinking on my life…. Do I do all things as if I am trying to do it to bring God glory? Quite a challenge. I worship through music for His glory. I assist others for His glory. I live in Costa Rica and serve the Ticos, teams and my family for His glory….. but what about other things? Little things? Quite a challenge and I would extend that challenge to you as well. Just to think about this mandate from Scripture.
That brings me to this weekend. As many of you know, this time last year I was barely able to walk across a room. When I walked, I walked very slowly and more of a waddle. Last March we took the kids to CharlesTowne Landing and I had to have my kids and Jacob push me in a wheelchair to make it through the park. When the Cooper River Bridge Run came around last year, I realized it was something I had heard of my whole life. I always thought, “I am going to do it one day.” And I wondered, “Is it too late? Will I ever be able to walk like that again?” My next appointment with Dr. Gary Gilkeson I asked him if he thought I would ever be able to do something like that again. It was hard to even get the question out of my mouth and I was on the verge of tears anticipating his answer. At that time, I was in physical therapy 3 times a week and I was relearning balance…. relearning to put my pants on without sitting down and lifting my legs up with my hands….. relearning and regaining strength in my legs, shoulders and arms. When he replied that he thought I would be able to do that, I was relieved and shocked. I hoped…. I dreamed…. but never would I have imagined that only 1 year later……
Cooper River Bridge
This past weekend was a major milestone for me…. Over this past year I have followed all instructions given to me by my doctors and taken all medicines prescribed. And I walked and walked our driveway in Costa Rica. But bigger than that, I had God encouraging me and lifting me and gradually taking my pain away. There is no cure for dermatomyositis and interstitial lung disease. Some people live with these diseases without ever being fully out of pain. I had given my body to the Lord. Followed instructions. Left my progress and pain relief in His hands and His timing. In God’s good timing and plan, He has used my doctors and modern medicine and really worked wonders in my body. A couple of weeks after the last chemo infusion that I received on October 31st, I woke up one morning and realized I had NO pain. I was in shock and praising God. I was breathing easier and able to get around and do all of my everyday tasks so much easier. God was so good and is so good to me!!
As we got closer to spring, I remembered my question to Dr. Gilkeson last year about the Cooper River Bridge race and realized that we were going to be in SC during the race and I knew immediately that I wanted to get in good enough shape to do it for God!! I let my friends and family know my plans and asked if any wanted to join me. Sure enough, my mom, sister Monica and friend Donna Porter wanted to join me. We trained and practiced and all met up Friday to get set up for Saturday. Saturday morning came and our goal was to finish the 10K in 2 hours. We got up early and drove over to Mt. Pleasant. We got into place and the race started. As we finally got going, a little ways past the start line we saw a man on the side of the road having pacemaker problems and I thought, “Can I really do this?” But pushed the doubt aside and pushed forward. We walked and walked and walked. Before I knew it, we were on the Charleston side of the bridge and the crowds were there cheering everyone on saying the finishline was right around the corner. And then, there it was…. right there!! The finishline!! 10K behind me!! And not only did I finish, but faster than my goal of 2 hours. We finished in 1 hour 49 minutes!! Thank you Donna, Momma and Monica for doing this with me! Many people were praying for me and us and I truly appreciate it. God was honored and answered our prayers!!
I can honestly say that me doing that walk was not about me. It was not about dermatomyositis and interstitial lung disease. It was about God. He is so amazing. He has taken me from extreme pain and hardly mobile to no pain and able to walk 6.2 miles! And even when I was in major pain over this past year and a half, He carried me. He gave me grace to endure and persevere. And He gave me the umph I needed to push through the pain and continue to workout and restrengthen my muscles and praise Him all the way. He was the one that I wanted to walk for and do to bring Him glory so that others would see what an awesome God He is.
So that brings us back to our verse. And my challenge to you and to myself is to do all the things we do daily for the glory of God….. making breakfast, washing clothes, disciplining children, being a serving/loving/helping spouse, employee, …….watching the sports game, shopping, spending money, giving money away….. all for His glory. Tougher than it sounds. What a big challenge in such a few words.
Here are some pictures from my big, glorious day walking the Cooper River Bridge for God’s glory 🙂