When God says, “No” and “Slow” with a Broken Toe

• A LESSON OF PATIENCE •

A week ago, a landed in Phuket for my first day of my mini-girls getaway and a girlfriend’s wedding. Within hours of starting my holiday, I managed to bunk my toe while walking into the pool. Yup, nothing dramatic. Just walked into the pool. My toe caught something, most likely the bubble jet and that was it. For the next 6 weeks, I will be nursing this.

Meanwhile, let’s just say this trip was very relaxing. Thanks to my girlfriends who were very thoughtful and patient with me, they worked around my schedules and took real good care of me. I’m so thankful and blessed with these girls.
Today is 1 week after the incident. (By the way, day 6’s bruising seemed the worst! But the pain has subsided though). I am back home and wondering what all of this meant. The minute I landed, my hubby was off on his work travel trips as usual and I was left to unpack, catch up on work and house chores all awhile being slowed down by this toe. My older son also managed to sprain his ankle. So that’s double trouble! Before I went on trip, I had wrapped up most of my yoga teaching for the year and was hoping to get a breather and move quicker with the clearer schedule. 

Turns out – NO. God has different plan for me. He had timed this perfectly, in fact. I hear Him speaking “SLOW” in my life, as in “slow down”. 

If I still had many classes to run, it would be an awful feeling. And while I wanted to run fast, God is holding me back – Teaching me a lesson of patience (slow down). Teaching me it’s not always about what’s being done but what’s being. Yup, period. What is “being”.

It isn’t natural for me. And I must say, it was frustrating to come back from holidays as first with this. But hey! That’s why I love Jesus. He gets me up on my feet. No matter how I feel, I can calibrate the minute I think of His love for me. I know there’s ALWAYS SOMETHING GOOD in everything. Because I’ve got a good good Father watching over me!

Resting a little, slowing down a little more, and learning a little more.
#thankyouJesus

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Just Breathing & Nothing More

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“JUST BREATHE, Jo.” That’s all I’ve managed and it’s OK..

I often get asked “how do you know there is God?”. My response, “Because I have encountered Him.” And often, many believers will speak of an encounter that brought them to faith. By all accounts, my academic background and my profession has been built on scientific grounds. So how does my profession marry up with my ‘non-scientific’ faith?

Science explains a lot but not everything.

In recent months, my health has deteriorated rapidly. We can use western medical to attempt to explain it but even my neurologist cannot explain why migraine sufferers experience migraines and why they can deteriorate over time. Some may argue ‘not yet’, we cannot explain ‘yet’. But no one can explain why a health-conscious young lady can be plagued with such a debilitating disorder while others who may be far less health conscious dance around happily in their strong bodies. Sure, science plays a role in generalising and healing. But nothing plays a greater role than God’s intended path for each individual and His ultimate power of healing. I’m not saying that God gave me a bad path but the anomalies in life tell me that knowledge and science does not explain everything.

But faith does.

Faith is trusting in the unknown.

Faith allows room for mysteries and wonders of God and yet still yearns for more of Him.

Faith brings hope.

Faith brings joy.

Faith brings peace, even in the face of fear and suffering.

That’s when I know the Holy Spirit is gracing me. With His peace, knowing that “JUST BREATHING” is enough.

This has been my snippet in the past month, for those wondering why I haven’t been posting as much on social media.

I am just breathing and embracing the being. 

“Behold, I will cause breathe to enter you, that you may come to life.” ~ Ezekiel 37:5

Love to you all ❤️🙏🏻