Remind Me of Who You Are

29 Sep

Raise Your Dreams Farm

Raise Your Dreams Farm

Do you ever feel as though you are in a valley so deep that you will never get out?

Well, I am here to encourage you in hope.

It was a beautiful fall day and I could hardly wait to get to the barn and ride. I tacked my faithful horse, Raise Your Dreams, in record speed. No one was at the barn, and I enjoyed the peace and quiet of this beautiful fall day.

As usual, a song sprung from my mouth and I was singing at the top of my lungs. I was always listening to Hillsong, a Christian Contemporary Band, and their songs really spoke to my heart.

I was planning on enjoying a leisurely ride through the countryside.

Like an onion, I felt the worries of life peeling away. I allowed my hands to slip to the buckle of the reins, and I continued to sing. The beauty of the trail enabled me to just allow my mind to slip into neutral.

Then a crash came through the woods, and my horse spun wildly in response. I was caught off balance and crashed to the ground ripping my shoulder from my socket. I had just had rotator cuff surgery six months before, and the reality of the situation hit me, I had just ripped all of the pins out.

I laid on the ground and writhed in pain. Then I tenderly got up. My horse stayed with me.

I am ashamed to say this, when I got to my feet I was mad. Mad at God. I had just had surgery and was just given the ok from my doctor to continue riding. Now my hand hung down to my knee and the pain was excruciating. I had been studying that in all things we are to give thanks to God. There was no way I was going to thank God for a dislocated shoulder.

I was two miles from the barn. It was a good thing, because I had a broiling fight that I had to settle with God.

“You are God, you could have stopped this from happening! You know that I had six months of painful rehab. and now I am most likely facing another surgery. How can I thank you?” Tears poured freely and I could feel my heart literally breaking. I loved God, but my anger made me feel ashamed and sad.

For the last mile to the barn, I was quiet, my horse walking in silence to my halting walk. By the time I got to the barn, I was spent. I untacked my horse and that’s when God spoke to me, “I COULD HAVE BROKEN YOUR NECK!”

You can imagine how this truth made me rejoice and leap in my heart. Thank you dear Lord for a dislocated shoulder!

I went to the hospital and the Doctor told me that I would have to prepare for surgery, for the pins were floating in my shoulder and they would need to be replaced and restored.

I just kept quoting scripture, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil……”

I paced back and forth, trying to relieve the pain. That’s when I felt a gentle buring sensation in my shoulder. Then involuntarily my shoulder begin to move, then my arm, then my shoulder popped into place.

I moved my arm, no pain!
I wiggled my fingers, no pain!
I raised my arm, totally free and restored!

I ran out of my room. The doctor was outside at the nurse’s station. He was shocked by my appearance. I explained what had happened. He disregarded it and said that he would not sign the paper work to discharge me.

Then I said, “Sir, I mean no disrespect to you but this is a God thing. He just healed me.”

I stayed and got a gazillion x-rays because he said that he would have to see it to believe it.

He found it, I was healed and I walked out of the hospital that night.

God reminded me that the lesson of the shoulder dislocation was not just for me, but for the hospital staff. I learned that no matter how dark the situation, God will use it to teach a lesson.

Do you need to remember who God really is in your life? He is the healer, provider, helper, friend, always there, in every situation, and a lover of your soul.

Has God ever taught you a lesson? Please share!

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3 Responses to “Remind Me of Who You Are”

  1. billgncs September 30, 2013 at 1:33 AM #

    what a good story, that’s the one thing about horses, always expect the unexpected 🙂

  2. dotstry September 30, 2013 at 3:43 AM #

    Although I have no specific story to tell, I am grateful every day for what I call the “silver Lining” — we need to be happy and rejoice that God has a purpose for all of us.

  3. runningbostonandbeyond October 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Sometimes I must change the question. It isn’t always “WHY?”, it’s “why NOT”. It makes me step back and think about things in a different perspective and it usually brings with it more patience, understanding, and knowing that I’m at that moment for a reason. Maybe I’ll never know what that reason is, either, And that, in itself, can be the lesson.

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