Today I visited a new Physical Therapist. My doctor had told me that this guy loves what he does and that he was good at it. Since I have been to physical therapy before and it did not work I was a little skeptical but then also a tiny bit optimistic because I was told he specializes in helping people get mobile again who are very difficult cases.
He seemed very nice and at the beginning he did some bending around on my legs and then he warned me that what he was going to do next was going to hurt. A few minutes later I found myself clenching my teeth and thinking maybe I had made a mistake by coming here, he wasn’t kidding THIS HURT BAD! When he was finished ‘torturing’ me He said, “okay now get up, walk around the room and tell me how you feel.” When I got up and started walking suddenly I noticed my knees were bending! And they actually felt better! They were not perfect but overall my legs felt much much better than they have felt in months. We did a few more painful exercises and then as I was leaving I happily made another appointment for this coming Thursday.
Can you imagine?… I actually wanted to come back after all the pain he had just put me through!
I realized that what we did today though it was a whole lot of pain, when the pain was over I felt a whole lot better and I want to get better and eventually this will help me to stay better. If I had not persevered through the pain I would not have gotten to feel the wonderful outcome.
Though today what I was feeling was physical pain this whole ordeal with my knees has been a lot of mental pain for me also. I was beginning to feel defeated and like I was never ever going to get better. This knee stuff has been going on for months and getting worse and worse.
Today I walked into the gym feeling pretty weak and down but I walked out feeling stronger and very hopeful. Now several hours later a lot of the pain and stiffness is back but I still feel very optimistic about my future as far as walking correctly and without severe pain again someday.
Today I learned that no matter how bad pain may seem if we keep pushing through it in the end we will feel better. I am not sure that the pain will ever completely go away, but just pushing through it is a huge start and I now see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
I also know that I am stronger now because of it and each time I go back I will continue to grow even more stronger. If I hadn’t pushed through would have never got to see prize at the end. Had I given up I would have left feeling the way I went in and I would have missed the joy.
If you are going through pain today, remember there is always hope. Even if it seems way bigger than you can handle remember nothing is too big for God. So give whatever it is to him and don’t ever give up!
Thank you for reading,
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NIV)