“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need” (Luke 12.31 NLT).
I felt my chest crunch as my sparring partner barreled into me during our fourth 5-minute sparring session. I yelled out in pain, but I finished the five minutes. I knew something was wrong, but I wouldn’t stop until I completed all five of my sparring rounds. After my fifth 5-minute spar was over, I quickly turned from the camera and looked at my chest. It appeared to be okay, and the sharp pain I felt on contact was gone. When the production team asked how I was doing, I told them that I was fine. But two hours later, I found myself at the E.R. and in a lot of pain. I couldn’t believe that I continued sparring even after I received excruciating chest contusions. This phenomenon happens a lot in contact sports, and it is known as an adrenaline rush. Many athletes accrue injuries while training or performing, but they don’t feel them until hours later. The adrenaline coursing through their veins masks the pain, and the damage done isn’t fully understood until they take time to rest. In life we receive many blows that shake us, and in this age of fast communication and instant information, we are expected to know exactly how we feel at contact. However, we can’t be expected to understand the ramifications of our condition until we have taken time to consider what we’ve experienced or what is about to happen. We must pray and seek God’s counsel before we make any statements, decisions or actions when going through major life changes and transitions. I have made it my rule to pray on something for at least three days before I make any movement because I don’t want to alter my life when I can’t fully comprehend the severity of the situation.
God, thank You for showing me that I can wait before making any changes. I know that people will respect my desire to seek Your counsel, and I will be better prepared to make the right decision. When my life is getting rushed and I’m confronted with several different directions, remind me to take time to find peace and clarity in You. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.