Our Times Are In God’s Hands

James 4:13: Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jam 4:14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jam 4:15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

On Thursday, January 5th, I was hurrying through my usual domestic routine. I glanced at the clock, noting that the mail had probably been delivered. Quickly, I stepped outside and inhaled a deep breath of the fresh, rain-cleansed air. My mind was intent upon fetching the mail and returning to my daily tasks. Whether it was wet leaves on the gravelled driveway, or mud, I’m not sure, but one moment I was striding confidently along, and then I was momentarily parallel to the ground, before landing on my stomach, with intense pain in my left ankle. My first thought was, “Have I sinned against the Lord in any way? Is the Lord getting my attention?” So, I worshiped the Lord in prayer, asking Him to search my heart. That was edifying and comforting.

Next, I tentatively tried to get up, but found my injured ankle was not responding. What to do? Our driveway is long, and the family was inside. So, I started crawling slowly, painfully, up the driveway, in my now soggy skirt. My husband caught sight of me once I was up the driveway, and ran outside with a look on his face that seemed to say, “Have you gone totally nuts?!” Once he realized my dilemma, he kindly tried to help me to stand upright, but crawling was still best. My husband helped me to put an elastic bandage and an ice pack around the injured ankle. I sat down with my foot propped up, and savored a hot cup of tea prepared by my dear ones.

As I sat there enjoying the hot, sweet tea and started to calm down, I thought of the fact that we are in the Lord’s hands. We are able to do things, even ordinary things that are easy to take for granted, only by His enablement. So then I silently thanked the Lord for the many times He has given me the health and strength to do my work, the work I love, of ministering to my family in the mundane things such as cooking and cleaning and running errands.

Well, it is now Saturday evening. After crawling upstairs to my bedroom Thursday evening, I have remained here in my bedroom, not able to put weight on the foot. When necessary, I crawl a bit, which must be a hilarious sight! I’ve had much opportunity to read and rest. My dear family have been cleaning and cooking and caring for one another and for me. I have told them, and now tell you, how very much I appreciate their loving service. I am now more thankful to the Lord for my usual ability to stand upright, and for the many times I have moved easily about, doing my work.

I am scheduled to have the injured ankle x-rayed on Monday morning. If a cast is necessary, it cannot be placed on a swollen ankle, thus the delay. Though I cannot yet put weight on the foot, I can tell it is getting well. I am thankful to the Lord for His healing hand, and also for His using this incident to remind me how dependent upon Him I truly am for life and breath and all things.

Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

4 Responses to “Our Times Are In God’s Hands”

  1. Kayla says:

    The poor mama of mine! Feel better soon! 🙂

  2. Ginny says:

    Dear Joyce,

    I am SO sorry to hear of your accident. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you, (one who is always so active ministering to her family), to be laid up again. Thank you for the words of wisdom and encouragement you are able to share, even in the midst of your affliction. May God be pleased to enable you to be back on your feet again soon, fulfilling your calling and vocation. You are in my prayers….Ginny

  3. Kathryn Hautsch says:

    Dear Joyce,
    I’m so glad that your ankle is getting better! Love in Christ, Kathryn

  4. Joyce says:

    Thank you so much, Kayla, Ginny and Kathryn (I’m so sorry, Kathryn! I accidentally deleted your comment!) for your get-well wishes. I have been so blessed of the Lord in this trial. More time for meditation on His Word has been good. Also, I continue to be very grateful for the loving care of my family.