Six weeks ago, I had what was supposed to be a minor surgical procedure on my feet. My podiatrist said I should be able to get back to my walking routine at the gym in about two weeks.
Two ER trips due to complications, a nasty case of plantar fasciitis and a COVID scare later, I’m still not back at the gym. And judging from my slow healing pace, I’m guessing it’s going to take another month or two.
And that’s okay.
I’ve long since given up the notion that everything is supposed to go as planned. When it does, we tend to rely on our ways, our plans, ourselves. When it doesn’t, we tend to look for Jesus.
“You are in the desert,” Spurgeon wrote* about John 14:19 [that says, “Because I live, ye shall live also]. “There is a secret spring under your feet and you know not where it is; this is the mysterious finger that points you to the spot. Contemplate Christ, believe in Christ, draw yourselves by faith nearer and nearer to the Lord Jesus Christ, and so shall your life receive a divine impetus [a force that moves something along] that it has not known for many a day.”
It’s not lost on me that I have a secret spring under my ailing feet. And while my health concerns are minor compared to many others, it’s still driving me to search for the mysterious finger that points me to the secret spring that is Christ. It’s made my thirst for him deeper, more desperate.
Your failed plans are different than mine. But because Christ lives, you shall live also. Allow your failures, your hardships and your struggles to cause you to contemplate him, believe in him and draw nearer to him, knowing that you, too, have a secret spring under your feet.
* 3-Minute Devotions with Spurgeon