Crippled by RA at 29, Running for God at 35

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in April 2007, the month I turned twenty-nine. Soon after, there reached a point I could barely function. Life came to a screeching halt, and (as far as I knew) would never be the same again. I recall saying to my sister, "This disease is eventually going to kill me." At the rate my health was declining, the statement wasn't a stretch.

But enough of that. There's no sense dwelling on what was when I can praise God for what is.

And what is, is full health.

Lots of drugs and prayer later, I do what I want, go where I want, and am only occasionally reminded that I have a degenerative disease. RA will go to the grave with me, and there's no promise of health tomorrow. But today, I'm running for God.

Quite literally.

In October, my friend Celese encouraged me to take on the Run for God 5K Challenge. My first thought? I can't do that. I have RA! My second thought? But wouldn't it be amazing if I could...? Celese didn't listen to my excuses, so I stopped making them and decided to give it a try. All I could do was fail, right? And no one would fault someone with RA for quitting on account of pain... :-)

So, I joined her and began running.

Three months (and zero pain) later, I crossed the finish line, utterly stunned at what my body had accomplished. At what God had accomplished in and through me. How He'd taken me from complete dependence on myself, to complete dependence on HIM. Both then, and now.

I wouldn't trade those pain-riddled years and the lessons learned for anything!

The 5K bumper sticker I earned adorns the lid of my laptop. Every time I open it to write, I remind myself what God can do. That He took me from crippled to running. That He can do whatever He pleases with my words and with my life.

And that I'll gladly let Him.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17


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