Day 8: Broken Muscle
I deadlifted my max weight. I was supposed to do four reps of this heavy weight, but I wound up only able to do two reps. The third time I tried to lift the barbell stacked with weight on each side, I pushed up with my legs hard against the floor and tightened my core, trying desperately to lift the weight. But the barbell didn’t budge. I let go and walked around the gym for a moment to catch my breath and returned to try the deadlift one more time. Again, I pushed, grunted, and activated every muscle in my body (including my neck muscles, which were sore the next day), but nothing happened. My body was done, and every muscle was exhausted. I couldn’t lift the weight anymore, but the sheer effort of trying caused my entire backside to be sore the next day.
Most of the time when my muscles are sore, I love a good massage. The massage can be painful, but it does wonders at loosening tight muscles and flushing out the waste material collected from the muscle tearing and healing, which is necessary for muscle growth. Although my entire back was sore, it was my trapezius (traps) and upper rhomboids that hurt the most. I asked my son to gently rub the top part of my back, but the muscles hurt so much that I couldn’t stand even the lightest touch. I knew, though, that I had to keep the muscles moving or else the pain would get worse. I kept up my cardio, took hot baths and waited. Only time would take the pain away.
Many times we get hurt in life, and the massage of someone’s encouraging words can help abate the soreness. However, sometimes we get hurt so badly that words simply aggravate the pain. In this case, we simply need to keep living day-to-day, soak in God’s Word and let time decrease the aching. We want the pain to leave automatically, but that is usually not possible. The pain must work itself out. The stronger the pain, the longer the wait. But we can be encouraged. Our pain will not be wasted. God will use our brokenness to make us stronger if we let Him. We just have to trust Him.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147.3 NIV).
Father, I know that you can use the words of others to help heal minor injuries that I experience in this life, but I also know that there are hurts too deep for words. Help me to rest in You when I feel broken beyond repair. Surround me with Your soothing Words from the Bible and other Christian resources. I want the pain to leave now, but I know that I can at least handle the pain if I can rest in You. Hold me in the palm of Your hand. I don’t want to give up on life. Help me to stay the course even though everything aches. I trust that the pain won’t last long and that joy will soon come (Psalm 30.5).
- Have you experienced brokenness that words couldn’t help repair?
- Why is important to keep living life even after a major injury?
- How has God soothed you in your time of need?
Joy will come in the morning!