An Unimpaired Condition

I am just feeling so grateful for my legs today. It’s not because they look so great… believe me. I have often thought how great it would be to have the cellulite-free, chiseled runner kind of legs. But rather, what I’m grateful for is the simple ability to get up and walk and run without pain in my knees.

I woke up thinking about the painful injury I experienced only five miles into the Twin Cities Marathon ten years ago, and how I determinedly and stubbornly continued to run (and walk) the remaining 21.2 miles anyway—with excruciating knee pain. It took me longer than a year to recover from that, and even up until as little as six months ago, the slight ache behind my kneecaps would flare up whenever I set foot on a flight of stairs. I’ve been wearing patellar tendon straps for the last couple months during my runs, which is a one-inch rubber band-type contraption that is positioned by velcro just below the kneecap. This has been very helpful in reducing the stress from the impact while running, as well as keeping my kneecaps stabilized.

Julie half marathon July 4, 2011

Me finishing my first half marathon

I ran a half marathon on the fourth of July, and other than a few of the typical immediate aches, everything sprung back to normal within the next day or so, with no knee pain whatsoever. I continue to thank God and be amazed at that resiliency because for many years, fear kept me from running, and I became quite comfortable making excuses as to why I couldn’t do it anymore. I believed I had done permanent damage to my knees and thought I’d be plagued with knee problems for the rest of my life. I know that’s not a very faith-filled statement, but those were my actual thoughts.

From the time I was little, I’ve always heard my family talk about their knee issues, surgeries, replacements, and how “bad knees run in the family.” Without realizing it, I began to accept that as my lot in life where my own knees were concerned. I remember wondering how old I’d be before my first knee surgery. Over time, I’ve not only changed what I believe about the overall health of my body (and knees), but I’ve changed what I say about it. That didn’t happen overnight, but took many years of undoing things in my brain that I actually believed for a long time. Thank God that Jesus is in the restoration business. Restoration is: a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition. Christ has restored my thinking, my knees, my running, and so much more.

As I’m training to run the Twin Cities Marathon for the second time this October, I get twinges of fear trying to creep in quite regularly when I push myself too hard, thinking I could get hurt again. I have to make a conscious decision every day to use wisdom in the things I’m doing, but at the same time, not to let fear hold me back from doing all I know my body and mind are capable of. It doesn’t make sense in my head that I am ten years older and my knees feel better than they ever have. This must be what it’s like to feel like your youth is renewed. 🙂  Only God can do that!

I am currently waiting patiently to receive healing and restoration in a couple other areas of my body, but just because I don’t see it with my natural eyes, my confession remains the same. When my words line up with what He’s already provided for me, I’ll have it. Everything can turn around in a single moment.

I continue to thank Him for legs that work and healed knees every time I run. I’m putting in the necessary work to prepare my body for what’s to come in October, and I’m thankful and grateful that God continues to faithfully provide me with a healthy, healed, whole body. If it weren’t for His promises, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m determined not to take that gift for granted.

Anyone want to go for a run?

Deut. 7:9 (MSG)~ Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps His covenant of loyal love with those who love Him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.

Luke 17:19 (AMP)~ And Jesus said to him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health.”

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Peggy Mittelsteadt
    Jul 17, 2011

    Great article Julie!
    Sorry I’m not going to run with you… but I will cheer you on with my whole heart and soul! Love you very much!

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    Julie Reply:

    Thanks, Momma! 🙂 I know you will. I love you!

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  2. Mary Lesnar
    Jul 18, 2011

    Julie what a timely thing this writing and sharing of your faith in God is. I just read a post from a friend who lived here years back, her husband has cancer and also diabetes and they are in Sioux Falls where the doctors conferred and determined he needs both of his legs amputated above the knee. I do not think he is a believer but we can pray that him and his family will come to know the Risen Loving Savior through all this…..a big God bless for your open heart to us and to God. Mary

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    Julie Reply:

    Thank you for sharing that, Mary! I’ll be praying for your friend and her husband. That’s tough. Praying for a miraculous healing and believing God draws them close during this time… and their hearts are touched and changed eternally. Thank God nothing is too big for Him! Praying God gives you words from heaven to encourage them at just the right time.

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  3. Karen
    Jul 18, 2011

    Can’t wait to run with you in September!!! In our weakness, HE makes us strong. So proud of you Julie for getting back up again after your injury and pressing through!!

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    Julie Reply:

    Thanks, Karen! I’m SO excited to run with you too! What amazing progress we can make when we trust in God to help us. We never have to be stuck because He IS faithful!

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  4. Deborah Johnson
    Jul 18, 2011

    Julie , what an awesome message!!! wow, you inspire me so much!!!You know that I have always loved to run but my extra weight has kept me from doing that for such a long time but with my recent weight loss I have been inspired to run again!! I really want to run in a marathon with you someday but I will have to start slow, first doing a walk run 5K and I’ll work my way up from there. Love you so much, you know I love you like a sister, Deborah 🙂

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    Julie Reply:

    Wow, Deborah… thank you so much. What sweet words. I’m so glad you’re inspired and want to run again. When we start believing in ourselves like God believes in us, we can do ANYTHING He puts in your heart. I’m excited for you! Love you so much too!

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  5. Vicki Foss Mehr
    Jul 18, 2011

    Julie, you are such a wise and inspirational lady. You never cease to amaze me. I’m in awe of your faith and your witness. You are living the life girl!!

    Proud cousin in Tallahassee!

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    Julie Reply:

    My dearest Vicki, thank you for those sweet, encouraging words. Wish we weren’t so far away. I need more of you in my life. We’re close in the spirit, and I’m grateful for that. I love you and miss you! ♥

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