Alan’s Perspective on the Injury

We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

First off, I want to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support the past few days since I injured myself playing soccer on Sunday night before Impact. After briefly (and stupidly) trying to fix my foot myself immediately after the injury, I laid down on my side, bit into my arm, and hummed as many songs from Elevation as I could remember. The adults there (Mike Bramel, Bill McCrory, and Sean Noel) switched to crisis management mode and made sure I was ok, directed the ambulance there quickly, and kept the students who were present from panicking. As I lay on the ground it was a blessing and comfort to hear Timmy Hampl, one of our interns, leading a group of students in prayer near by on the field. The EMTs arrived and did a great job keeping me comfortable, and the doctors were brilliant when I arrived at the hospital. The injury was apparently pretty “interesting”, so many of nurses came in to ask if they could take pictures of it on their phones. Always a good thing to hear. They knocked me out and put things back in their right place. I will be on crutches for about 8 weeks after surgery next Wednesday to repair the broken bone and damaged ligaments.

I will be missing a few ski trips and possibly a backpacking trip, but all in all it came at a good time. As you can see in the picture below, I am propped up at home watching the snow out my back window. Carrie is playing the part of nurse brilliantly while my kids are playing in the snow at grandma’s house. The verse at the top is one typically quoted in times of misfortune, and I truly do believe in its words. It is possible that I was going too fast on a daily basis, so this injury presents an opportunity to step back and slow down. It will allow me to focus on things a bit more as several regular activities are removed from my daily/weekly schedule. I will be forced to “be” more often instead of feeling the need to always “do”. This will be fruitful for me, my family, and my ministry roles at Pisgah. It has been a blessing to receive so much support from the families at Pisgah, and it reminds me why one of our core values is a “Place to call home”. I may have received automated Get-Well cards at other churches, but here I have received phone calls and visits from the pastors and from many of the people who have become like a second family for us. While this is not what I would call the ideal situation, and while the recovery time will most likely take me into the middle of May, I am grateful to see God work through this circumstance for what I think will be a blessed time in my life. I’ll see you all after February 23 when I start returning to my normal schedule.