Yesterday I found myself laying face down at my chiropractor’s office under a heat pack trying to apply the biblical idea that somehow I could “in everything give thanks.” (1 Thess. 5:18) This summer I’ve been working on discipling my gaze to see the goodness and kindness of God that surrounds me all the time, and disciplining my heart to see it even when pain or other distractions tempt me to believe His goodness has disappeared. So this was a good test case.
All I did yesterday morning was to bend over to move a flip-flop. This was a physical motion I’ve done maybe a million times in my life, but on this day something seized up and suddenly I felt lower back pain. I’ve heard from others what that feels like but I never had that feeling before in my own body. So as I laid on the exam table under a heat pack I thanked God for giving me a whole new compassion for the many people who struggle with chronic back pain. God was giving me the gift of a new found compassion for people who deal with this kind of pain every day. I thanked God for providing a chiropractor who could help me, and give me good stretches and exercises as my body recovers. I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to share with Dr. Smith at Surf City Chiropractic, who is an exceptional chiropractor, the things that I was thankful for and so providing a witness to the goodness of God. He is not a believer but he listened to me and agreed with my observations about God’s kindness despite my hilarious condition. My lower back is still a bit sore this morning, but God is still good.