I’ve Reached My Limit

Good morning, friends.

All week, I’ve pondered what I would write for today’s post. I started one post, but it never felt quite right. Then, I decided I just would not write today, but that was not right either. I simply could not get an idea to gell in my head…….until…..

I made a cup of coffee, walked carefully to my computer and slowly sat down in my chair with a pillow and heating pad to my back. I clicked over to Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday linkup and immediately I knew that I would write a FMF post. The word prompt for today is LIMIT. Sweet mercy!

 

Do you recall what God made very clear that my OneWord for 2016 was to be? If you read that post you may remember I said that if I did not take my OneWord seriously, God would make sure I paid attention to it. The word was REST. Well, I thought I was taking it seriously, but apparently my ‘seriously’ and God’s are on two very different planes.

You see, the realization that I am not WONDER WOMAN hit hard and furiously this week. I know, you already knew that, but I’m a slow learner. God made dead certain that I reached my LIMIT this week.

 

Limits ~ LeahAdams.org

 

 

Since the middle of December I have wrestled with four different health ailments. There is no need for me to describe them in gory detail, for that would be TMI! Suffice it to say, each one has caused me more than a bit of angst. I have always been a very healthy person, rarely going to the doctor for anything other than my yearly check up. So, for me to be hit with four different medical problems, each requiring a trip to the doctor’s office, is huge.

The latest issue has been with my back. I’ve never had back problems before, but 3 weeks ago today I was walking through my office, on the way to the gym to swim, when out of nowhere, I felt a mild pain in my back. I didn’t think much about it….I did not consider that I should LIMIT my activity at that moment. By the time I got into the pool, my lower back felt like someone had put a band around it and tightened it to the max.

A normal person would have thought, “Hmmm, maybe I should not swim. Maybe I need to rest and get it checked out.”

Not Wonder Woman. Nope! I swam and went about my daily activities for 2 very uncomfortable weeks. Slow learner!

I worked at the pharmacy on Monday of this week, and by the end of my 9+hour shift, I was nearly in tears because of the pain in my back. On Tuesday I went to the doctor. He diagnosed me with sacro-iliac joint inflammation. Sounds harmless, huh? Do not be fooled. It is wicked. He started me on a short course of an oral steroid, and on Wednesday morning I felt a lot better. So, what did I do? Yep, Wonder Woman went on with her usual life, not LIMITING herself very much.

I woke up on Thursday morning and knew immediately that I would not be able to go to work that day. I had reached my LIMIT and knew that I must REST. I hated like everything to miss work, but there was no way I could stand for 9 hours. So, I literally spent most of the day in bed, which rubs against the grain for me. Yet, in those hours the Lord sweetly reminded me that He created the human body to know and inform us when things were off kilter…when we have reached our LIMIT and need REST. The problem is that I am often too-danged prideful to listen and heed.

The reality is that I am 51 years old and my body has LIMITS. They are different than they were when I was 30, or 40. It is time to trade in my Wonder Woman bracelet for the knowledge that REST is my friend. Jesus ministered so sweetly to me yesterday as I RESTED…..through my husband, a sweet friend who brought dinner, the prayers and words of my editor, and time spent with Him.

Do you recognize your LIMITS? Do you listen to your body and heed its call for REST? Trade in that Wonder Woman suit today, friend!

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  • Siew

    Yes, looks like you HAVE reach your physical limit for now. But it is also life’s way of giving you a chance to rest. Really rest. So that you can go beyond even more limits in the many days that are yet to come. Blessings to you and may you recover soonest.
    — your neighbour in FMF.

    • Siew, thank you for your visit, and for your encouraging comment. I’m so thankful that God sets limits for us, and that He gives us ways of knowing them…even if we ignore it sometimes. Looking forward to visiting you at FMF.

  • Anna Smit

    Oh yes, this: “The problem is that I am often too-danged prideful to listen and heed.” This is and has been me, repeatedly…each time He’s led me to that breaking point: emotionally, physically or psychologically to get me to stop and listen…Thankful for His mercies being new every morning and for His powerful and persistent Love.

    Encouraged by your honest words. Thank you. Visiting as your neighbor at Five Minute Friday today: blessed in doing so!

    • Oh Anna, it seems most of us get all tangled up in pride of one sort or another! I agree. I am exceedingly grateful for fresh mercy every day. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Anita

    You’ve convinced me that maybe I need to actually take it easy on my little long-weekend vacation and do some rest and relaxation :). My almost 50-year-old body has a few aches and pains, and I should probably be listening to them.

    • Anita, take it from me…it is much better to heed your body’s warnings than to not and wish you had. I could have limited the damage to my joints and saved myself a lot of pain if I had just listened. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy that long weekend vacation and rest!

  • MoniqueDG

    Yes, Pride does get in the way. We want to be Super Woman and do it all. It’s so hard to let go of that notion that we can’t do it all. Hope you take some time to rest and start feeling better soon. Sending prayers your way!

    • Thank you, Monique. I am learning slowly that I am not meant to be all things to all people and do it all. Hard lesson to learn sometimes, but it is for our good. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    We may be twins, separated at birth, because I would always exercise on a damaged limb…rationalizing that if the increased blood flow did not promote healing, at least I would know that I could tolerate yet more pain.

    Come to think of it, I haven’t really changed…and I’m older than you.

    #2 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/02/your-dying-spouse-118-limits-of-love-fmf.html

    • Andrew, sounds like you and I have a lot in common! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jerri Miller

    So sorry to hear of the struggles you are going through. As you know, I’m working on REST this year as well. I’m taking your line, “It is time to trade in my Wonder Woman bracelet for the knowledge that REST is my friend” seriously. (I always wanted to be Supermom myself …) ~ Jerralea

    • Thank you, my friend. It is just all part of the learning process. So grateful that Jesus is so patient with me. Thanks for popping in!

  • Angela Sackett

    Yes, good stuff. Thank you for being so honest – and for setting an example with that… I hate that sometimes I drive right up to the line where God has to MAKE me stop… and I pray that I’ll learn to slow down well before so that I can experience the gentler call He gives. 😉

    • That line…yep, I sometimes drive right up to it too. I echo your prayer, Angela, that I will learn to hear and heed long before I get to that line. Thank you so much for your visit with me!

  • Dear Leah,
    Recognizing so much of myself in this post today {and I am not just referring to our shared named}. Wonder women indeed. It is so maddening, because for long stretches we make pretty dang good impostors of her, don’t we? So much that we fool ourselves. I think it is our brains that are to blame. They are so restless, and there is some much we notice and feel. It was my birthday recently and I informed my family that what I really want is two days away in a B&B by myself to work on my writing and rest and pray. It never goes over well, but they love me. I loved reading about Jesus ministering to you while you spent a day in bed.
    Praying for you today.
    Cheers,
    from your 5minfri neighbor,
    Leah

    • Ahhh, so nice to meet another Leah. I do not come across ‘us’ often. You are right…we can make others, and ourselves, believe the Wonder Woman lie for a while. But then the façade begins to crumble. I hope you enjoy your time away. It sounds divine. Blessings.

  • Karen Hossink

    So sorry for your pain and difficulties.
    Except that God seems to be using them to speak to your heart. A very good thing!
    What a relief when we understand that it is ok to have LIMITS and need REST. May you continue to receive HIS ministry as you trust HIM.

  • Dori Cook

    Oh my friend, I feel this article!! I’ll be 50 in a couple of months…my mind says I’m still 25, but my body — oh, my almost 50 year old body!!! I hope you get the rest your body needs to get well. I will certainly pray. Much love to you!!

    P.S. Did you know that a person in their 50’s is called a “quinquagenarian?” I didn’t either until recently. Such a long word. And yet, so appropriate for a milestone as 50 is!! 😉

    • Thank you, Dori! I completely get the mind-body differences. It is hard to imagine that I am 51. I’m not sure I ever even thought about being this age when I was 25. It’s crazy. A quinquagenarian, huh? Wow! Impressive. bless you, my friend.

  • Kate

    So sorry to hear about your health struggles! I can relate to that frustrating feeling of being limited against our will! 😉 I sure hope you feel better soon. Thankful that you sensed God’s presence and goodness even in spite of your unpleasant circumstances. Thanks so much for writing and linking up!

    • Hi Kate. Thank you for your kind words. I always enjoy FMF when I have the opportunity to link-up! Thank you for encouraging community in the WWW. So glad you stopped by!

  • Sharon O

    love this writing and yes I know how grueling a pharmacy life is worked in one for 8 years. I hope you are taking it easy and following doctor’s orders.

    • Sharon, I am taking care of myself. In fact, today is my first day without significant pain in almost a month! Praise God! I’m so glad you stopped in. Blessings to you.

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