Don't bend, twist or lift anything heavy. Avoid slipping and falling. Those were my instructions 2-years ago today. See, by sticking to those rules, the odds were in my favor for solid fusion between the new hardware and bones. With my neck's disk replacements from 2010 fully healed, it was time for my lower back surgery to take. No pressure. The doctor did his thing, but now it was up to me. Stick to the rules, and I won't ruin his work.
I can't tell you how many times over the last two years I wondered if I messed things up. Did I twist too much at the waist? Bend down too far? And yes, I stumbled a time or two. Oh the fear that set in. I wanted to go back to the surgery date and start over. This time with no mistakes, no tumbles, no wrong turns.
Have you ever wondered if grace "took?" After a mistake, a tumble, a stumble, have you ever thought, "Surely God can't forgive me again" or "When I got saved, did I mean it enough? Like, enough enough?" After my slip and fall, the first thing I imagined was that I ruined the doctor's work. He gave me a brand new chance and I blew it. But I have good news. I am still in good shape. All systems still go. Grace happened.
Aren't we glad that God gives us a brand new heart? His. And thankfully -- gracefully -- when God looks inside and looks at your life and mine, He doesn't see our sin, He sees the blood of His Son. He doesn't see a heart held together by a very thin thread; as if one more fall would sever the relationship. No, when you and I accept Him as Lord, there is perfect, permanent fusion; based not on our ability to stick to the rules, but all because of what He did at Calvary. We try to avoid slipping and falling - yes - but there is peace in knowing that grace took. We can't ruin His work.
For Discussion: I think health is a healthy reminder that we can't earn grace. A show of hands of those who feel motivated to take better care of themselves physically because of what God did for you spiritually? Is there a better reason to take care of ourselves? I guarantee there isn't.