In my book, Pigskin Parables: Reflections of a Football Widow, I spent a chapter comparing football pads and the spiritual armor listed in Ephesians 6. I won’t rehash the topic other than to say “PUT IT ON.” Salvation, righteousness, truth, peace, and faith will cushion the inevitable blows in life.
But just because a player is wearing all their pads doesn’t mean that injuries can’t or won’t happen.
Take for instance my 12-year-old son. While playing quarterback in a middle school game, he came down on one foot in time for a linebacker to plow into his lower leg. Rolling his ankle and resulting in a severe sprain.
What’s the solution? We started off with the tried-and-true “R-I-C-E” method. Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. And after a weekend of treatment, he could walk semi-normally and jog a little.
Before he returned to practice, he strapped on a pair of ankle braces. For support while he continued to heal. And protection from future ankle-rolling incidents (of which there have been several more opportunities).
In life, no matter how well protected we are, we still get hit. Blindsided. Knocked off our feet. Buried at the bottom of the pile. And beyond the bumps and bruises, we might even get injured in the process.
But we can rehab the injuries in similar ways. Prayer to reduce the inflamation and pain. Rest in the Father’s loving arms. Lifting the injury up to let God do the healing. And wrapping the pain in a cocoon of faith that shores up our weaknesses and protects us during the healing process.
What about you? Have you been injured by life’s hits? What did your healing process look like?