I was feeling like Humpty Dumpty last week when I found out the extent of the injuries I sustained from my September fall. Torn ligaments and dislocated humerus, clavicle, and elbow—and we haven’t x-rayed the neck yet! All this time I thought I was nursing a stubborn rotator cuff injury, when I was literally falling apart!
When I wrote about getting my humerus (which was far from humorous) put back in the socket, I really thought the worst was over, but the pain of that procedure was minimal compared to the resetting of my clavicle.. I can see why the hospitals knock people out for these procedures! I never knew I could involuntarily scream so loud and for so long—definitely worse than childbirth—unless you’re delivering triplets all at the same time! The trauma to my body from ripping through five months of scar tissue and righting all that had healed wrong was so severe I had violent muscle spasms and nerve twitches afterwards. After I regained composure, I remember thinking three things: “Was that me screaming?” “What was I thinking in not taking pain killers beforehand!?” and “Was avoiding amassing thousands of dollars in debt by going through this kind of torture really worth it?
I was told I would sleep a lot due to the trauma, and I did. A whole lot! But when I finally did wake up I was thankful that the worst was over, even though, I was still in an incredible amount of pain.
The problem now is getting things to stay in place. When an injury heals wrong, your body does not automatically heal right. (I can see another blog coming out of this.) Since my muscles, ligaments and tendons all healed wrong, it only took two days for the humerus to slip again. Oh my! As I lamented having to go back in to get my shoulder adjusted again, I thought to myself, “I need some Holy Spirit Superglue! But then when I thought about how the Lord had “held me together” all these months, I realized that I already had Holy Spirit Superglue !
Whether it’s our bodies or our lives that are falling apart, the Holy Spirit is the glue that holds us together. Colossians 1:17 says it well: “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (NIV)..And I can think of no better illustration of this than the one I heard Louie Giglio speak about—the cell cohesion molecule, laminin. Laminin proteins “glue” the cells to a foundation of connective tissue to keep them in place and functioning properly. Is it any wonder the cell cohesion molecule that holds us together is shaped like the cross!
So as I continue to go through the procedures, the pain and the healing of my body, I can be confident that not only is the Lord holding me together, He is also holding “me” as He stirs others to pray, speaks to my heart, and lifts my spirit. Yes! He is my Superglue!
I pray this link where Louie Giglio talks about laminin will bless you as much as it did me!