Earlier this year, I injured a rib. It appeared to be fractured, and the area was very sensitive. Any movement was very painful, which made it hard to perform my work, which included lifting metal posts and wood planks and shoveling gravel and sand for concrete.
My greatest concern was not being able to contribute a solid day’s work at the jobsite. This construction job had been an answer to prayer. It not only provided income, it also enabled me to spend time with friends who worked there and was helping me get in shape for an upcoming backpacking trip.
Mary Baker Eddy writes, “God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor …” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 384). I felt that my construction job was honest labor, and my motive was to do a good job.