Back in the Saddle, Again…
It’s been 13 weeks on Monday since I fell and severed my quad tendon. Surgery was on May 2nd and that means that on Wednesday it will be 12 weeks since I started my recovery. I have had numerous doctor appointments and have been in physical therapy twice a week since two weeks post op.
I am being diligent about my exercises but I admit that I am getting tired of rehab and would like to know that full recovery is around the corner. This entire episode has been trying – both for me and for Janet, who has had to take over many of the chores that I am used to doing around the house. It’s time for me to gradually get back in the saddle, again…
It starts in the morning when we head to the far southwest suburbs of Chicago where I will continue consulting for a team that I have worked with for most of the year – my last session with them was the day after I fell before I realized how severely I was hurt. Since then, I haven’t been up to see them and the leadership was kind enough to put training on hold until I was well enough to travel.
We resume Tuesday morning after several pre-meetings tomorrow afternoon. This long hiatus has given me time to consider what I want to do in the future. My relationships with the teams I coach is very special and I really look forward to working with them.
I’m not ready to discontinue my work and ride peacefully into the sunset – at least no yet! That’s not to say that I want to work every day non-stop. Those days are past. But I still enjoy the work of challenging teams to be the best that they can be – and then giving them a roadmap to reach levels that they thought were unattainable.
To be sure, I am a little concerned about whether my body can hold up to the rigors of teaching all day but since I will be with a roomful of doctors and nurses, I know that they will be watching me and making sure that I am taking care of myself! And the docs I work with at home have assured me that I should be fine. In fact, I get to stop wearing my brace mid week and then the real work of strengthening my legs will begin in earnest.
Work was never intended to be an easy thing. While it is nice if you can enjoy what you do, the Bible is quite clear that work is important and not necessarily something you look forward to all the time. After the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, God hands out punishment to Adam, Eve and the serpent. While we know that the serpent and Jesus will wrestle with Jesus prevailing in the end, few people realize that Adam and Eve also received punishments.
Eve was told that childbirth would be difficult for women and Adam was told that the ground would be cursed because of him and work would be difficult. The verse for tonight gives us the full curse of the land.
Moses, the author of Genesis, tells us, in Genesis 3:17-19, “And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
My encouragement this evening is that we were designed to work and to make the best of it. There is no mention of retirement in the Bible, by the way. My prayer is that we will all do our work, whatever it is, and it will be honoring to God and His Son, Jesus. And, of course, as fulfilling as possible! Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…