Monday, March 16, 2009

In the Weight Room (Wait Room)

Today was the first day in months that I actually decided to add weights to my workout routine. And I use the word "routine" lightly! Lately my routine has been real good one week, then not at all the next. "Life" has interfered more times than I counted on. I don't know about you, but when life interferes and knocks me off my schedule, I have a hard time getting back to it. If you've read my blog at all, you know that my mom's cancer has definitely brought a new dimension to my life that I wasn't counting on and wish would go away. Nevertheless, it is here. I need to be able to function regardless.

I entered the weight room today. By that, I don't mean a gym full of weights. I mean my den with my hand weights: 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12 pounds. First I walked with my good friend Leslie Sansone :) oh my she's more happy than I am at 5:30 am! Then I did a weight routine: bicep curls, tricep dips, up right rows, flies, and those others....that I don't know the names for. Needless to say, I am sore tonight! It's been such a long time since I've done weights and my muscles know it!

I also entered the wait room today. My muscles hate this room too. I don't know what tomorrow holds and I wish I did. Even though there doesn't seem to be a workout to adequately prepare me for this room, there is Someone Who can train me to get through this work out. My spiritual muscles get worked out here by Him. I can't prepare for it, but I can trust. It's not easy and has taken practice, but at age 42, I've learned that when I trust Him in the wait room, I can get through it.

If you've walked through cancer with someone, or any other disease or illness, you know what it's like in the wait room. I'm there with my mom now. I have to be honest. I don't like what the doctors have told us lately. But I trust the Great Physician. I trust God.

Hopefully my muscles will sharpen and my fat will lessen. And hopefully my trust will sharpen and my doubt will lessen.

Have you entered the weight room? Have you entered the wait room?

Please share if you have. Either of them. We need workouts in both rooms, the physical and spiritual.




Chef Diane said...

First of all give it up for my girlfriend she's back in the gym. Oh Yeah! Don't be afraid of those weights, you show them who's boss!

I have been in the waiting room as the patient. This place is so hard because we feel guilty taking our loved one's time away from them. We somehow feel that we are a burden on them. But if they weren't there it wouldn't be the same. As the patient, I would say if you love me come, no matter what I say.
It is always tough for everyone, no matter if you are the patient or the family.

Joyful said...

Melissa, I think you may have read this about a year ago, but when you have time:

I'm there with you my friend. Praying I will be able to say with you, "I've learned that when I trust Him in the wait room, I can get through it."

Waiting on Jesus and leaning on His everlasting arms,
PS. Cheers of praise for your weight work-out! You go girlfriend!

Stephenie said...

I have been in the weight room. I headed back to the workout routine last night, after more than a week off. Even though I know I will feel better after I workout I have a hard time staying motivated.

I have been in the wait room as well. It has been nearly 17 years since I lost my grandpa to cancer. I don't think I will ever forget the roller coaster ride of emotions that I experienced that summer; I don't want too. Watching how he handled his prognosis in the midst of his Christian walk laid the groundwork for my recommitment to Christ that Fall. Hang in there. May God grant you a peace that passes all understanding.

Srini said...

I have been in the waiting room as the patient as the place is so hard because we feel guilty taking our beloved one's time away from their feelings,but to be strong we can do it by click on the site:

Marebear said...

I aint never been in the weight room..ok..once...and that was because it was part of my job to help the youth get in shape...I don't work there no more..not cos of that..just change of jobs..
The other wait room..ive been in peeking around the corner of that wait room...
Ive been a patient in hospital wait rooms for the past 6 months..Im on medical leave rite now..and as for Gods wait room,..i don't go anywhere near there..I can't face him rite now..but He my friend says...
Ok thas all for now
i like reading your blogs