This past weekend was a particularly rough one as I was dealing with a lot of lower back pain. Consequently, today I went to my chiropractor. 30 minutes later I walked out of his office feeling like I had been mugged! He stretched and manipulated my spine far beyond what was comfortable. I was involuntarily moaning and groaning the entire time. But my chiropractor is not sadistic. It’s not that he hates me. He just knows what it takes to bring me back to health and I trust him to do just that. That’s why I don’t freak out while he is torturing, I mean, treating me. He knows what he is doing and it is for my good.
The experience reminded me a lot of how God works in my life.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11
I know, based upon the teachings of the Bible and my own personal experience, that no trial or hardship I endure is ever wasted. My God is the Great Physician and he will bring spiritual health and growth to my life – often by allowing me to endure pain. The results are a deeper faith, a stronger character, and a more Christ like spirit. So though it might hurt at the time, I know it’s going to be worth it. Therefore I am going to relax (with his help!) and trust him.
Between the care of Dr. Oak and God I’m going to be walking straight and tall and strong!