Roughly three and a half years ago I had surgery done on my left knee. It was a little more complicated than it was originally thought to be, and suddenly, without warning, I found myself with a bum knee. For two years I suffered with daily pain, and an atrophied quad muscle which, I found out later, was the major source of my pain and weakness.
Bottom line? I could no longer surf. I couldn’t run, and frankly, didn’t even enjoy walking that much. I started packing on the pounds and really found myself sinking into a dull depression.
A little more than a year ago, that all began to change. I spent some very deep, alone time with God…and came back ready to tackle this problem. I started exercising and building up my quad muscle, as well as the muscles that surround my knee…and lo, it eliminated about 60% of the pain I felt. With renewed hope, I looked out at that Gulf of Mexico.
When Dolly came through recently, I was out surfing on unusaully beautiful, glassy waves one Thursday morning. I was out there with Luke B. and I ran into Dave B. He smiled and said to me “Weren’t you unable to surf for a while? It’s good to see you back out here.”
Man, what an understatement. To have something taken away…to face the possibility of letting something go that felt really important to you….only to have it restored. How do I explain the feeling of that? Words fall short of expressing the joy and wonder and appreciation I feel.
We’re going to study Mark 15:42-16:8 this Sunday. We’re down to the last few teachings in this gospel.
As you read this passage…think about the characters again. What must they be going through? What are your thoughts about Joe of Arimathea as you read about who he was? Why do you think he does what he does? How do you think he felt?
Think about the Marys. What is thier concern? What ends up being their solution?
What are your thoughts on any of this?
Too many questions?