Day 37: Leg Cramp
Doing bodybuilding poses can be tiring. When making a pose, I’m actually forcing my muscles to do a static contraction. A static contraction is when you contract the muscle without moving it—or only moving it very little. For example, when I do a double bicep pose, I’m tensing every muscle in my body, especially the biceps, but I’m not pushing or pulling any resistance. This may seem easy, but it’s actually a great workout. When I’m done practicing my bodybuilding poses, my heart is pounding and my muscles are worn out.
Toward the final days of my bodybuilding competition preparations, I was practicing my poses constantly. I could feel the tension in my muscles, and I noticed that my right calf muscle was on the verge of cramping. I got a massage a few days before my competition, and the therapist could feel the knots in my calf. She did her best to rub out the tension, but it was still very tight. During the prejudging, my calf finally cramped while I was on stage. Thankfully, I was doing a rear double bicep pose (my back was to the audience), so the judges did not see the shot of pain that went across my face. I recovered quickly and finished my routine. Although having a cramp on stage seemed like the worst thing that could happen, God allowed it to happen at just the right moment on stage.
Sometimes, God allows what we believe to be the worst thing imaginable to happen. We do everything to prevent it from happening, but no matter our efforts, the inevitable occurs. But what we don’t realize is that God can line up all the elements in the situation, so that when the dreaded hardship occurs, it isn’t so bad. It’s almost like God is saying, “I’m going to allow this hardship, but It won’t be as bad as you imagine it.” Many times the fear of something is actually worse than the thing itself. Instead of fearing, we must choose to have faith. The world isn’t fair and horrible and painful situations arise, but God will never leave us nor forsake us. And with God on our sides, we can endure anything.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1.3-4 NIV).
God, I don’t want to fear. Instead, fill me up with faith grounded in Your goodness and grace. I understand that sometimes bad things happen, but I trust that You will walk through dark times with me. I know that even in the bleakest situations, You can give me comfort and hope. Help me to find rest in Your reassurance. Forgive me if I’ve fretted over things instead of simply trusting in You and Your plan. I no longer want to worry about what can happen. I would rather take each day as it comes because I know that You give me what I need each day to stand firm in You. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Have you ever fretted over something bad that could happen?
- When the worst thing happened, how did God comfort you?
- Are you able to give your worries to God today?
Choose faith instead of fear!