The sound was like a breaking tree limb echoing through the forest.
I heard the sound in the middle of a hike when my feet hit the ground after jumping off of a log. My three teenage children rushed back to the rest of our group when I screamed. My youngest daughter later told me she thought a bear had grabbed me.
We left early from our summer vacation with friends and drove home. A call to the doctor led to an appointment that same day. I planned to wear a medical boot as I healed so I could still get around. I reviewed my full day timer and revised the rest of my summer. The doctor and his staff saw my shock during the exam when the doctor told me he needed to operate the next morning. I had shattered my ankle bones.
My husband and I returned home, and I walked upstairs in a fog, entered my prayer room, and talked with the Lord. This verse entered my thoughts: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. I could trust the Lord to show me the path, even in the midst of this painful situation. My schedule wasn’t really mine. When I released my schedule and my situation to Him, I felt the peace of knowing He loved me with His perfect love. He would carry me through this as He continued to mold me.
My surgery was successful. Friends and family members prayed for me, took care of me, and supported me. I’m usually the caretaker, but I humbled myself and received their help. I worked with a physical therapist and his team and became stronger than before.
We often think we control our schedule, but we don't. However, we can trust our schedule to the heavenly Father who directs our paths. When we acknowledge our Shepherd who loves us, He will guide us.
Humble yourself and receive God's direction, which is bigger and better than your comfort or your summer schedule.
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