Stumble

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stumble

I fell today. While running in the park my foot caught a tree root and I went down. Hard. Bloody knee hard. I have been running on this path since spring. Hurdling this jagged stretch of dirt and gravel with confidence and agility. Today is the first time I stumbled.  My feet were heavy and hanging low. I have been undergoing intense medical treatment and my body is tired. My cells burdened by stress and heartbreak. My movement and mental motivation were forward, but my body was dragging two beats behind.  Such is this fight with Lyme Disease.

I am going to wear this swollen knee with a smile. Three years ago while I lay in my bed too sick to do much of anything I would have killed for an exercise battle wound. At least I am off the shelf, dust coming out of the cracks. I hit the ground fast today. But I got up even faster.

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” —Psalm 37:23-24