I wanted to quit when my foot hurt.
When a sinus infection made it difficult to breathe, I wanted to quit.
Earlier this week, I woke up with some crazy shooting pain in my tooth. I knew this wasn’t normal. Having just visited the dentist for a routine cleaning a month ago, however, this made no sense. With ibuprofen doing nothing for my pain, I called my dentist. As luck would have it, his office is closed this week. Equipped with a number for the dentist covering for him, I was hopeful the pain would pass. It didn’t. To make a long story short, I was in need of an emergency root canal.
Stressed out from forking out too much money for an air conditioner repair that morning, my emotions went whack. How were we going to pay for all this? Just last week, in a study of The Confident Heart by Renee Swope, I chose to focus on the truth of two of God’s names: “Jehovah Jireh” which means my provider and “Emmanuel” which means God with us. It was unlikely that this was just a coincidence.
Pain possibly unrelated to the root canal has me on Amoxicillin in hopes of a pain-free run come Saturday. I’m tempted to allow frustration to rule. Worry threatens to consume me.
The truth is that I can give all [my] worries and cares to God, for he cares about [me]. (I Peter 5:7 NLT)
[God’s] grace is sufficient for [me], for [His] power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The last thing I want is to have all my hard work in training for this race end because of some silly pain in my mouth. I may be unable to complete this race with the effort I had hoped for. This pain is out of my control and may possibly make it difficult for me to run The Bix at my very best. However, I will choose to allow this situation to draw me closer to my God. As churchy as it may sound, I know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)
I just don’t want to quit.