Real World Solutions
I slept really well last night. That makes three nights in a row I didn’t toss and turn and wake up a dozen times. Pain in both shoulders keeps me tossing and turning. Since I began my Prodigal Son journey back to my Heavenly Father, he has been revealing to me different things I can do to relieve the pain: sleeping on a different pillow, changing the position of my arms when I turn from side to side, returning to physical therapy exercises to loosen and tone the muscles in my shoulders and shoulder blades, and to take ibuprofen to combat inflammation. God didn’t reveal these to me all at once. I sleep on my side which puts a lot of weight and pressure on the bottom shoulder. He began three months ago by telling me how to position my bottom arm. The very first night I tried it out I was able to sleep on each side an hour longer than I had been able to do for several months. The next morning when I realized how much more sleep I had gotten, I couldn’t stop thanking and praising Jesus. I was so happy! I thanked him and honored him all day long.
Real Time Prayer
Still, every night I’d wake up with one and sometimes both shoulders hurting really bad. Some nights tears would flow and I’d question how much longer I could go like this. Thoughts of a future lasting for years, brought lots of doubts. I’d cry out to my Abba in Heaven for relief. Within minutes I’d be asleep, sometimes for hours. I wouldn’t have another bout of pain that severe for the rest of the night. In the morning I’d wake up thanking and praising God throughout the day.
in my prayers throughout the day, I ask my Father in Heaven for a healing miracle. But, I also know that this pain is one the primary reasons I began my Prodigal journey. I’m so afraid if he provided me with a miracle healing of my arthritis, my journey would be interrupted and I’d drift away again. In truth, I’m willing to live with the pain rather than lose the closeness and joy I’m experiencing in my relationship with the Holy Trinity, right now. I know this relationship is only going to get better and better. I tell my Abba the way I feel and that I seek and want only his will be done in my life.
The Miracle of Prayer
I didn’t know then, and don’t know now, what God has planned for the arthritis that is destroying my shoulder joints and is working its destruction on other joints, as well. What I do know though, is that God has continued to make simple solutions, one at a time, that when I follow them the quality of my sleep, and therefore my rest, improves a little bit more. He provides the next one only when I have fully incorporated the current on into my nightly routine. I don’t hear his voice, nor does the revelation come during prayer. It’s a clear impression that comes to my awareness suddenly and without announcement. It comes with a certainty that it’s from the Holy Spirit and not of my own inspiration. The fact of the matter is, I am getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night, which hasn’t happened in well over a year, and with only a couple of interruptions. Now as far as I’m concerned, communication with, and getting help from, the Creator of all that ever was, is, and ever will be is the miracle of prayer.