Pain then strength

I was a water driller a number of years ago on a triple rig which is the largest rig that our company owned. Everything on this rig was really heavy and physically exhausting to use throughout our ten hour days. Even though I went to the gym every morning, going to work was like an extended version of my workout. By the time I was home it was time to plop on the couch and not move a muscle. One day my energy level was really high and felt great, ready to conquer my shift. The first thing I had reached for was a pair of slips that weighed around 100 lbs, this item is used to hold the piping up while we took apart the pipe or to add one to another. Turning to throw them in place had suddenly produced a sharp pain in my back, so bad in fact that my 280 lb person let out a little scream and I hit the floor. Trying to pick myself up off the floor was impossible and every movement I made with any extremities made me wince in sheer pain. It took two guys to lift me off the floor and get me to our dog house, (office ). The next month was physically terrible, my wife had to roll my legs to the floor in a seated position so I could stand up and using the restroom was very painful. We had a safety meeting at work upon my return and the boss explained that we needed to stretch before work, especially in these cold winter months when our muscles are stiff. Ever since then whenever something is lifted by me the time and position I use is very well thought out as to not go through that horrible pain again. It has been about 15 years since that had happened but the pinched nerve I had still exists today and sometimes make it hard to do any physical things. With time, patience, and wisdom, I’m able to go about my day. Sometimes we have to go through pain in our life to get to something positive, but we can get through it if we just have faith and pray through these trials in our life. Through all pain we can find victory. Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him- my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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