A Shopping Heart Change

April 14, 2013
by Allan Smith

I've never had the patience to do grocery shopping or any other type of shopping much, and in the past, I've left it up to my wife and daughter to do it. However, this attitude changed due to an affliction. Let me explain.

A number of years ago, I developed a painful back problem after only three months into a new job. I thought, What are You doing to me now, God? I initially went to a chiropractor who told me that I had a "stressed frame" — a nice way of telling me that I was overweight! I continued to work for a while, but eventually, I went home to rest and take pain killers. However, the pain got worse, and I found myself having to crawl to the bathroom on my hands and knees and spending a lot of time flat on my back on the chesterfield. Right away, my doctor got me into the local hospital. I had a CT scan done of my back and began physiotherapy. According to the chief physiotherapist, I had entered an occupation that had a high risk of lower back problems, sitting for long periods of time under stressful situations.

Following two weeks in the hospital, I was released to be an outpatient. My wife then drove me to the hospital a couple of days each week for treatment. I would hobble out to the car with cane in hand, and collapse lying on the back seat, as it was too painful for me even to sit up front with her. I felt so useless, as my wife was having then to support the family on her income alone.

After a few months of physiotherapy and much prayer, I was able to go back to work and drive the car. It felt so good to be mobile again and to do even the most menial of things. I was so thankful. Believe it or not, I had this new desire to go shopping. I looked forward to pushing the grocery cart around the store for my wife and going on other shopping excursions. Now I shop on my own and patiently enjoy it.

James 1:2-3 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (NKJV)

It often takes an experience such as mine to appreciate the benefits of just being able to get around. As James states in this Scripture, when our faith is tested (and it was), it can produce patience in us. So let us count it all joy!

Prayer: Father God, forgive us when we complain about the menial tasks we are called to do in our lives. Teach us patience through our afflictions, and enable us to count it all joy. Amen.

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Allan Smith <agwsmith6@gmail.com>
Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Allan for a good word.


    Praising God for your recovery and for good medical help. Blessings.


    Good one Allan, Thank you!
    I’ll bet your wife appreciates a little help with the shopping at times too. Bonus all around.


    Thanks for the good word of encouragement Al. I want to know more joy and gratitude in everything I experience not just the pleasurable ones.
    Thanks again.


    Good morning Allan: Thank you for your message of encouragement this morning. We need to remember to count it all joy whatever may befall us!
    Blessings in Christ.


    It has been my personal experience of faith that sometimes a person has to experience stepping back from our normal experience to experience where or what God wants of your experience. Sometimes it is we just need a holiday from the norm to see more clearly what God wants of us — change is as good as a rest.


    Allen, this was good and I again enjoyed what you shared with us today. You’re a wonderful man I’m sure and I am glad to have read the things you have shared with us today and in the past. You’re a blessing to all of us. May God continue to bless you.


    Hi Allan,
    I rejoice for you that you finally made it through all those trials. I know where you are coming from. But there are always the everlasting arms and grace abounding to rely upon.
    God Bless.


    Allan,
    It is amazing just how much we take for granted each day; often unaware of our good fortune until those blessings are diminished or taken away from us. You were doubly-blessed by your temporary affliction. Praise God for your full and joyful recovery.
    A great reminder that we should daily count our blessings, and another example of just how gracious and loving our Lord is.
    “This is the day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it”.
    Blessings to you and your family,


    Dear Allan,
    That’s a big Amen Brother!
    Having had a liver problem where everything becomes an effort, even thought, I rejoice everyday to be back in the land of the living and able to move, play and pick up my children once more.
    Praise God for His mercy shown to us.
    Blessings
    (England)

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