I haven’t done squats with the barbell in two months. I received a neck injury during my time training for an MMA cage fight (you can read all about in in my book, Following God into the Cage), and the weighted bar from the squats aggravated that injury. I had to become creative with my squats, doing kettlebell sumo squats, t-bar squats, step-up lunges, etc. But today I decided it was time to test the waters of my bar squats one more time.
I placed the bar across the meaty part of my shoulders (trapezius), adjusted my posture and slowly descended into my first squat. Every second the heavy barbell was across my shoulders, I concentrated on my injury, testing to see whether I felt any pain or even a twinge. As I ascended back up, I was grateful that for the most part everything felt fine. I finished the entire set of reps and locked the bar in place on the Smith Machine. I smiled with relief. Everything seemed find.
I finished off my other two sets of squats. So far so good. I think tomorrow will be the true test if I’m healed enough to continue doing my barbell squats, but I believe that I am healed.
This reminds me of emotional injuries we receive, especially in relationships. Some of us have been so injured in certain relationships that we hurt easily. The normal “iron sharpens iron” rubs our unhealed wounds raw (Proverbs 27.17). We try to compensate with other relationships, but that will put far too much pressure on the people who love us, and those relationships will suffer.We can't expect the people we love to compensate for the actions of others. Click To Tweet
The only answer then is to rest in that relational area, letting time and God heal us. If we try to run right into another relationship when we haven’t healed from the previous one, hurt and pain will result. This doesn’t mean we wait forever. Our relational muscles will begin to atrophy, but we do need a season of recovery before testing the relational waters again.
God will provide healing rest if we take it, but if we don’t listen to Him, our injuries will land us on emotional bedrest–where we come to the end ourselves. Finally, it is at this moment we say, “Okay, God. I’m waiting on You and Your timing. Please heal me. I want healthy, thriving relationships. I will trust You and Your process.”We will be surprised at how fast God can heal us when we are completely submitted to Him. Click To Tweet
God wants to see us happy, so He will do everything He can to heal and strengthen us. And before we know it, we will be testing our healed injury, seeing if we have truly recovered. As we take it slow and make sure we feel no twinges, we can trust that God will bring strength where we were once weak.
“He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you’” (Ephesians 15.26 NLT).