Setback

I anticipated it. I imagined it. But somehow I didn’t see it coming. I had been warned, prepared, chided, threatened: “do not to walk alone because you might fall.” I was elated to have taken myself to the restroom, and then I went down – no stumble, no trip, my left side just caved. I went down hard.

After being helped up, I realized that Wilson (my left arm) had acted on my behalf, trying to brace my fall, since I landed on him, having twisted my wrist to buffer the fall. My spirits went down with me. Then I remembered, “just as the sufferings of Christ overflow in your lives, so do the comforts.” (I Cor. 1:5) I have quoted this many times in my life as I do believe that God, our Father, never leaves us comfortless. Even in the deepest losses and darkest valleys He gives us enough comfort and encouragement to get through.

My loss in falling was being calculated even before I hit the ground, as I considered if I could get up, and if so, how much damage, how big a setback would this be. My walking was progressing, even though very wobbly and unsteady before the fall. I was just adjusting again to the timetable that held mobility as still possible in the future, but not anytime soon.

My spirits sank until I realized/remembered…

  1. my head had not hit the brick hearth going down
  2. I landed on the carpet in my own living room
  3. two friends were with me who were successful, the first time, in getting me up
  4. there were no protruding bones from my left arm
  5. my left side, which has little feeling, took the brunt of the fall
  6. my brother, who is an ER doctor, walked in shortly after. He was able to look me over and reassure me we could wait until morning to get X-rays. This gave me a chance to recover a bit.
  7. The orthopedic doctor told me that the first X-ray showed the dislocation of my shoulder but the second (CT scan) showed no dislocation, only a simple fracture of the humerus. This made it so they did not have to manipulate and relocate my shoulder joint! Everyone was happy about this, not just me! When the orthopedic doctor asked me how the shoulder got relocated between pictures, I asked him if he believed in prayer, and he accepted this, as did I! With a broken shoulder and two fractured wrist bones, this might seem like small consolation, but it was not, in the moment, I assure you.

Maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel better, by being positive. But I choose instead to believe that, while I may not understand the ways of God, I do know His character – the God of all comfort, of compassion, and mercy. So why would I be surprised that, in the middle of something negative, that He would find a way to comfort and show mercy toward me, because of who He is, not because of who I am.

This unexpected setback has me in a splint and sling. I am mending slowly. But I was already mending slowly, so I suspect I am still right on His schedule. And I am no worse for it. Though physical therapy will be delayed for further healing.

We should not be surprised by life’s trials, sufferings, setbacks. Nor should we be surprised by His comforts.

Life is hard. God is good. In 2017, I am even choosing to believe that I will be surprised by joy, in ways I never imagined. That’s the kind of Heavenly Father He is.

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46 thoughts on “Setback

  1. “We should not be surprised by life’s trials, sufferings, setbacks. Nor should we be surprised by His comforts.” Katie this is so true isn’t it? But isn’t it always true that we are surprised by trials and we are surprised by His comforts. I am so grateful that you are so positive and recognizing God’s grace in the moment. Life disappoints us, family, friends disappoint us. God will never disappoint us. Even though sometimes it seems that He has, His plans are perfect, His timing is perfect and His love and provision is perfect.

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  2. Awww…setbacks, yes, so hard to wrap our minds, spirits, attitudes around sometimes. We trust, we see positive movement, and then wham, we get hit, and though as you said, we anticipate, the hit can dissolve us into tears and fears…what now. But for us as His children, it is always back to Who…Jesus. Though we don’t understand His ways, He is always there, the constant in our lives, and we can trust that He is yet Lord. Thankful for you, your life, your encouragement. Love and prayers.

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  3. Dear Katy, we are praying for God’s healing for you. Praising God for the positive things that happened during this event. You are an inspiration to many and I thank you and our Lord for that. Stay strong!

    Love,

    John & Wendy

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  4. Ah lady! You are such an inspiration. You are on a journey that’s for sure. I, too, am on one as I’m recovering from back surgery—the second time!!! Thank you for the insights you are sharing and for letting God use you! Richest Blessings.

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    1. Frank, I’m so sorry to hear of your second back surgery. I can imagine the pain you have endured and pray it is lessening and you are getting stronger daily. You would most certainly have your ow insights into the closeness of God in times of need. God bless and heal you!

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  5. On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:51 AM Journey with Katy wrote:

    > > > > > > > So sorry for your set back Katy, but you r right, He is with you through > all of this, His timing not ours! Keeping you in prayer! Sending our love > to you and your family! I’m thankful you had someone there with you! > > > > > > > > > > > lizlind posted: “I anticipated it. I imagined it. But somehow I didn’t see > it coming. I had been warned, prepared, chided, threatened: “do not to walk > alone because you might fall.” I was elated to have taken myself to the > restroom, and then I went down – no stumble, no t” > > > > > > > > > >

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    1. Carole, how good to hear from you! Oh , the times I have thought of you and Cheryl!on this journey because you were on a journey of your own, so faithfully persevering in spite of limitations n setbacksand waiting……..
      You are an inspiration to. Me even now in just remembering the way ou lived this out! Lots of love, Katy
      Hope your boys are all well. Hello to them all!

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  6. We continue to have set backs also with Duane’s health, sometimes through no known fault of our own. Your comments and response about God’s mercy in our trials hit an affirmative in me as we also have experienced it. I pray that we also continue to recognize and experience the joys God has for us in 2017. Thank you again, Katy, for sharing so eloquently the journey with us.

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  7. Dear Katy,

    So so sorry for this set back. Thanks for sharing your heart. Praying for you and for a good good day! Love you!

    God Bless, Debbie

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  8. Katy, praying for you!!! Thank you for sharing your journey, your hope despite these circumstances, and your strong faith in God as He walks you through it all. I’m in awe of your strength Katy, your resolve to trust God , whatever you’re faced with. I’m relieved to hear you weren’t home alone and had help there when you needed it. You’re sharing this increases all of our faith as well. Love and healing to you! We all pray for positive healthy progression for you! 🙏💗

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  9. Oh honey, this sounds terrible yet you make it about HIM; As always, keeping you and Pastor Stan (I miss you guys) in my prayers.

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  10. You always see Jesus in all that happens, Katy! Amen and amen! Would that we all would do that! I am absolutely sure the Lord relocated your shoulder . . . it was to encourage you. The broken bones will heal. I will ask Him to mend them quickly. You see His grace and mercy in everything, and are a wonderful witness of Him ! Praising God in the midst of your injury.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, for following our journey and encouraging us with your heartfelt comments. We so appreciate the love n prayers of you and your family katy

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  11. My heart is saddenened to learn of this setback, Katy, but ever grateful for the Lord’s continued protection of you through it ALL. I marvel at the role Wilson played in breaking your fall…a great metaphor that reminds us of our importance to the entire Body of Christ when we, as individual members, experience those seasons when we perceive ourselves as futile. He can, and does, use us all. Love and miss you oh, so much.

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  12. Dear Katy,
    As I read your note the scripture from my quiet time this morning came to mind (you know it well) Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you” and not to harm you… His protection over you fills me with hope for your healing which is coming. Continuing to cover you in prayer. Love and blessings, Jane

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    1. Jan e, thanks for thinking of me during your quiet time. This verse certainly speaks hope into every situation. Thank you for speaking it into mine. Grateful for your thoughtfulness and prayers . Katy

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  13. As I pray for your and yours daily, I find that today I am encouraged by your post! My 8 year old granddaughter, the gymnast, broke her arm falling from the bars! I find that she also is encouraging me. The Lord has much for my Audrey and my friend Katy left to do.

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  14. So sorry to hear about your setback, Katy, but so thankful that it wasn’t any worse and that you continue to look to Jesus through it all! We love you and will continue to pray for your healing!

    Darcey, Dean and girls

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    1. Darcey n dean,
      I miss our sleepovers!when passing through Erie! Thanks for opening your door and hearts to us again n again. We love n miss you all!katy

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  15. Katy,

    I’m so sorry about your fall and broken bones. God surely did relocate your shoulder, and He was so merciful that the fall was not worse and the broken bones are on the side on which you don’t have much feeling. Thank you for all the updates and including us all in your life and journey. Love, Christa

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    1. Christa, thank you for weeping with us AND rejoicing with us. This speaks genuine love to us. Thank you, esp for your prayers n friendship.

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  16. Katy, I am so sorry to hear you have fallen. I took a terrible spill myself at the beginning of November which has left me with a stiff and hardened right leg….I blamed it on my stupidity for standing on a slippery kitchen stool but I have learned countless lessons from the whole experience. The main one is that I am not quite as independent as I thought I was. My Nurse Practitioner daughter has been warning me about the possibilities of falling at this stage of life (I’m 73) and I have learned to heed the warning the hard way.
    I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers regularly and I agree with you that God is good no matter what… Know what, Katy? All of this just makes us more anxious for Heaven! Blessings on you and yours….jean

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  17. Hi Katy…so sorry you had to have this added pain…Last January I had eye surgery…felt on 3 different occassions did not damage the surgery on my eye (jarring) thank God but the fourth time I decided to cross the porch to my daughters caught my foot on a piece of stacked wood and force of falling forward I broke my “humorus” bone…and needless to say “it is not funny” Thankfully it was a clean break so it did not require a cast just a splint… It has never been right since but I can live with that…. Yes God is good….as I was healing I had all the help I needed …God has given me a new slant on life…I do want to tell you I pray for you nightly and one of the main things I pray for is the lifting of your spirit as I know how depressing things can get….I know I have been blessed not to have had a stroke but as you get older you do not bounce back so quickly…So know you are always in my prayers… It sure sounds like God’s blessing has lifted your spirits…and I thank him…Love to all of you….Joan Bellanger

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  18. Sweet Katy Key — you are a blessing to so many even in the midst of your trials. Trusting the Lord is filling your heart and mind with scripture that leads your emotions and thoughts back to Him. Please know that you are a beautiful warrior and your testimony encourages my heart beyond measure. Just be faithful today…One day at a time. Love you.

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  19. Working with trafficked women in Nicaragua so only got this post tonight. So sorry for more trials in your life. So thankful you did not break your hip. Falling on your arm is about the best thing that could’ve happened. A broken hip can be catastrophic. There is protection in the small things. Will pray for your swift recovery in these bones and continued return of function especially for Wilson

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  20. Katy,
    Wow. A big wow for what happened. And another wow for your honesty about your discouragementt at first, followed by encouragement from God’s promises and faith in His comforts.
    You are loved here and we keep you all in our prayers.
    It’s hard to keep a good woman down. You’ll be back in PT soon!
    Love Jan Rogers

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  21. I am blessed beyond measure to have found this blog. You are such an inspiration and how you always give thanks through ALL THIS to our awesome God. You are a true child of God and through your unfailing faith in our Lord Jesus – He is glorified. When I read this earlier today the movie “Miracles from Heaven” popped into my head…. So, my prayers for you have been brought about in how God works in mysterious ways …. so my mind went to how your “fall” went – no head injury! Soft landing! Friends there! Landing on your left numb side! -amongst other little wonders…like the shoulder dislocation/ relocation!!!! With that, my prayers are that the fall on Wilson will create a spark of regeneration into Wilson and that side of you!!!! I hope and pray you will receive this as a prayer of hope that only God can make happen and we pray and ask in Jesus’ name. You are and have been such an inspiration to me and I thank you. I do hope to meet you whether it is here or in heaven. Thank you again for your kind, gentle, unwavering faith that humbles me. I only hope I prove to be as strong in my faith if I ever face such adversity. God bless.

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    1. Kelly, thank you for rejoicing with me at Gods mercies toward me. His goodness and the kindness of others, like you, continue to humble and bless me. Thanks for following my journey and keeping me in your prYers. I do see the pain I feel in Wilson now, because of the fractures, a potentially good thing. Hope that if adversity comes to. You that you will let me know how to pray for you.katy

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  22. So sorry to hear of your tumble, but as always you fill it with Divine meaning. You minister more from your chair than most of us manage with full mobility. Hoping and praying for rapid healing and recovery.

    Blessings to you all.

    -Bill and Liz

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    1. Bill, such a kind thing for you to say when I can feel so chairbound, housebound, and sometimes spirit bound. It’s hard to imagine I could do anyone any good. Thank you for your encouragement. Katy

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  23. God bless you, sweet Katy. As I pray for you, I agree heartedly with your comment: Life is hard; God is good. Thank you for your sharing. God continues to use you to bless us all.

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  24. Oh Katy – so sorry to hear of your fall. Yet we are thankful that you didn’t sustain a head injury. Thank you for your wise insights on God’s good character, even when we do not understand His ways.

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  25. Thank God for his many miracles on the occasion of your fall, Katy, including your shoulder relocation between pictures! That was a public miracle! I am choosing to believe the same with you in 2017, to be surprised by joy in the unexpected! May you sense His loving embrace and comforting presence in your life in a fresh new way this new year. Believing that He will heal you perfectly. With much love, Lisa

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  26. “Life is Hard. God is good.” is my new motto now. I think it should be made into a bumper-sticker!
    We love you, Katy, and we are praying for you.

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