I know, we all know you make lemonade. But what happens when you are out of sugar? Or in my case you just can’t reach it?! If you caught my post on Instagram over the weekend, than you may have an idea of what I’m talking about it. But in case you missed that, or aren’t on Instagram, I broke my foot while we were on vacation last week. We had a sun filled week on the beautiful coast of Maine with my sister and her family. We love this spot, and have gone back every year since our son was born. The houses have been in the family for decades, on a private beach nestled between two main attraction beaches, and we love that we are blessed to have not only a great vacation spot, but a place to build family memories for our kids. Halfway through our fun filled vacation, after the daily ice cream truck run before dinner, I was playing with the kids while the dads cooked. Fair trade off right?! Or so I thought 🙂 We had this epic game of pirate fighting with nerf swords turned hide and seek. I was tucked away in my hiding spot behind the porch dining table, when I was spotted. I sprang out behind the chair to maintain the element of surprise, and won with great victory, except now I had to run! Like run for my fleeting life so I wouldn’t be struck by the sword of the most fiercest pirate there was … my 6 yr. old son 🙂 Like any good mother would do, I evaded his sword swinging skills, with great fear for my life, and belly laughs filled the porch. As I maneuvered around him and plotted my exit, my sneaky skills were at their finest! It also helps to be double the height of your 6 yr. old, there are some advantages. I made a leap for my exit, over the 3 tiered toy batman cave (aka. the boys version of a doll house), but apparently I am not as skilled as I thought I was. I landed to SNAP * CRACKLE * POP!!!* in my left foot, and down I went, the mommy villain that I was.
My son cheering in his victory, and me laying on the floor, realizing very quickly that I would not be moving, and this immense amount of pain that is now causing severe swelling in my foot! Still not ready to admit defeat, I reluctantly took the ice from my smirking husband, and sat on the couch for the rest of the night. When I woke the next morning still unable to put any pressure on my foot, a trip to urgent care was first priority that morning. This trip solidified my worst fear. X-rays confirmed the foot was in fact broken. Broken?! Broken?! I have managed to make it through my entire life, 7 seasons of playing sports, a few accidents, and never broken a bone. How can this be?!Life doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes we get thrown curve balls, that come out of no where, that we didn’t even see, or have time to prepare for, and we’re forced into a situation beyond our control. I would love to make some lemonade right now, but I physically can’t reach the sugar. I am confined to sitting with my foot propped up for the next couple weeks, and it’s still not over at that point. An air cast and crutches will be my sole option for mobility for at least the next 6 weeks. Apparently this bone I broke, is a special bone. It’s so rare to break it, it has it’s own special name when you do break it, which translates to a longer more difficult recovery. YAY! Sign me up for that. But what we choose to do next, and how we handle life’s sudden surprises shows us who we are, or gives us an opportunity to strive towards the person we want to be. How we react says a lot about who we are. How we chose to handle and cope with issues defines our character. Sometimes the life curveballs we are thrown is God’s way of redirecting our steps, or showing us it’s time to take a step back. I’m a do-er, so having to sit still, and no be able to do stuff, never mind my daily routines, is beyond frustrating. Like so frustrating I wanted to throw my crutches threw the window, had 3 melt downs in about an hour, over how frustrating this is. And that was only day 2. Feeling defeated, I began to speak truth over my circumstance. Over my situation and self loathing I began to repeat out loud ” I can do all things through Christ who STRENGTHENS me” over and over and over again, until I began to feel His peace, and my frustration disappeared. I find it extremely timely, that just before we left for vacation I got this new devotional in the mail. Even though it’s a daily devotional and starts on Jan. 1st, I began to go through it anyway. And wouldn’t you know the morning after I broke my foot this was the topic : *an exert from the devotional “Savor” by: Shauna Niequist*
“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? – Job 2:10”
Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a sliver of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich when it contains a splinter of sadness. Bittersweet is the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. ~Shauna Niequist
Through this unexpected curveball, I’ve felt peace in that He is in control. He guides and directs my path, so I will embrace this season of “rest” while my foot heals, and except the slower pace of life. And by slower, I mean s l o w e r pace of life. Because when we choose to embrace it, when we choose to stop and look around us and listen to life, we gain a richness and a strength, and wisdom that we would normally pass right by in our fast paced society.
So you may see me a little less around here, rest assured I’m not going anywhere, LITERALLY. I’m just embracing my slower pace, and all it has to offer.
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