About six or seven months ago I noticed that my Achilles tendon was seriously swollen to the point that it stuck out over my heel by quite a bit. It hurt before, during, and after each workout.
So, I modified the workouts. I gave up step class. Then I gave up Tabata. I gave up running. And then I gave up all cardio except spinning and cycling.
But I kept going to the gym. Even with the injury I increased the weight I lifted. I kept putting stress on an injury.
I prayed. I went to the elders of the church and asked for prayer.
And the tendon never healed.
And still I kept working out. I was afraid of losing the strength I had gained. I was terrified of gaining the weight I had lost. I was petrified of losing my identity.
But now, it’s gotten to the point that I have no choice but to stop and rest.
This is a physical injury. But you know what? Soul injuries require rest. Spiritual injuries require rest. All injuries require rest.
Rather than fearing rest, I’ve decided to to receive this gift from Christ…
“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30