No Short Cuts…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂


Inspiration this week comes from the book of Leviticus. Instead of pulling specific scripture out of the book, I’d like to share three very timely lessons that I learned from my study of the book.

  1. Offer your best to God. It should come from pure intentions and from the heart.
  2. Follow directions! There is honor to be found in doing the little things right. God’s calls do not come with the ability to find a short cut. Faith requires loyalty and steadfastness to travel the entire journey.
  3. God has high standards for us. It takes a combination of God’s grace and individual commitment to travel the journey to holiness.

As most of you are aware, I broke my fibula in early January. It’s rocked my world. Instead of leading my regular active life for the last 7 and 1/2 weeks, I’ve lived in a world of limited movement and physical discomfort. I traded logging 20 miles a week of soul-freeing running for the simple wish that one day I’d wake up and my leg didn’t hurt.

I got my plaster cast off last week, and traded it for a rehabilitation boot to begin the physical therapy process. The good news is that I have a lot of work to do! I will need to build strength to regain ankle motion as well as muscle regrowth in the foot and entire right leg. It’s a healing process that will span months, and my goal is to find complete well being by the end of the summer.

The reality of the rehabilitation process left me a bit shaken. I spent a few days being overwhelmed by the shear number of little things that I needed to accomplish before I could regain total leg health. God seems to always have a hand in things, and these days also found me finishing up the book of Exodus and beginning to read the book of Leviticus. The Holy Spirit grabbed me several times as I read the passages and gave me a much needed kick in the tail with these three lessons.

  1. God meets us where we are in any given moment. He does that because he loves us. He asks us to give Him our best, whatever that is, in all of those moments. Our best may change over time due to circumstances, but our attitude and the state of our heart when we bring it to Him should be marked by devotion.
  2. God’s call to holiness does not include a short cut. I was reminded that I need to quit looking for one, and instead focus on finding joy in the daily work that His call brings to me. I can work stubborn or I can work smart. I think working smart by packing Jesus in my heart is a better choice 🙂
  3. God is holy. He has high standards. There is honor to be found in aspiring to meet those standards. Changing the standards does not lead to success. There is both joy and victory to be found in the challenge of trying to meet them!

One of my first physical therapy exercises aims at trying to get the toes on my right foot to begin working again. I practice picking up a crumpled kleenex off the floor with my toes. My big toe was the first to wake up. By day 4, I excitedly showed my favorite farmer that all of my toes had joined the team and I could move my little toe again! It might seem silly, but to me it was a huge deal. I couldn’t even feel my little toe when they took my cast off – to be able to move it was tremendous progress.

My toes didn’t start working because I sat in a chair crying that my leg hurt. They started working because I packed my faith and started the new journey to rehabilitation. God met me where I was. I brought an honorable effort and accepted that there was no short cut. When I did, I found joy in an unforeseen place and a small victory that will surely lead to others.

Perhaps that is what this path to holiness written about in Leviticus is all about. When we combine devotion with careful work, then we find the grace that leads us to healing.

What if there’s no short cut because the learning happens when you take the long way around?

 

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