Monday, October 23, 2017

Lessons from a Back Injury - Revisited 17 Years Later

A few years ago, I wrote at BrokenAirplane about my back injury and how I learned to thrive rather than survive. It's now been 17 years since the original injury and I think it's worth taking a look at it again now that I'm able to see a clearer picture of what was going on.

At the time I wrote that original post, I was not following God. I had trusted in him years ago, been baptized, and living my faith. For various reasons I should blog about at some point, I chose to stop following Him. I never considered myself an atheist, how could I when I had encountered and known the living God! I was just using some bad experiences I'd received from fellow Christians as an excuse to stop following Him.

This means for much of my time in the classroom and writing BrokenAirplane I was running/hiding from God which is as silly as it sounds and sad when I think of the missed opportunities. When I reread the BrokenAirplane post about my back injury, I don't disagree with most of it. I did learn a lot about mindfulness and the power of breathing has been used by Christians throughout the ages. Giving up soda and being determined to live a full life regardless of the pain were choices I don't regret.

So why revisit this topic? Because a subtle message was in that post that I want to draw out. One that involves a loving God who like the Father of the Prodigal Son was pursuing me even when I was not. I mentioned in the other post that I was grateful for the injury for leading me to my wife and especially Jesus.

-God pursued me, he chose me
-We don't choose God he chooses us to save us from ourselves and pay the price for our sins. Ephesians sticker. Story of a man's horse breaking his leg the man kept saying we'll see compared with my ways are not your ways

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