Sunday, December 6, 2009

Not Good to Good

As I was falling backward towards the garage floor, my first thought was not "this is gonna be good." In fact, as I attempted to bounce right back up and keep going, I came face to face with the sudden realization, "this is not good." It wasn't. Eight weeks later, I can still see the bruises and the potential scar on my back and arm. Eight weeks later, I still sleep on ice and my back still tires quickly and tenses up doing something as simple as folding laundry. So, no.... not good.

But... eight weeks later, with weekly visits to my chiropractor, I think my posture is better than it ever has been. "Shoulders back" comes much more easily and feels much better than it used to. Adjustments and stretches are definitely working to my advantage, and I'm working to keep it that way. (With a family history of back problems, that's definitely a good thing!) Eight weeks later, I feel better about my overall health and am spending time each day doing things that are good for my body -- even adding a jog to my morning routine. Eight weeks later I have more appreciation for my chiropractor than I've ever had for a healthcare provider (except maybe the midwife who assisted my homebirths). Eight weeks later, I also consider this member of my church family a closer friend and am grateful for that. Eight weeks later, I'm guessing he's appreciative of my insurance company! Ha! So, really.... eight weeks later -- "Good." Pretty much all the way around.

So, yes, as I was headed towards that garage floor, the thought "Not good!" was fairly accurate. But it wasn't entirely accurate. Yes, it hurt. But in the long-term-- the long-term that I couldn't yet see -- there was "good." And I think the long-term good is going to far outweigh the short-term "not good." Funny how that works....
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

I just wish I could remember that more often. I have to admit that I forget it way too easily....