I have been working really, really hard for several weeks. Sometimes I am holding sanders, sometimes, sandpaper, sometimes screwdrivers, sometimes saws and sometimes drills. I am in awkward positions. I don’t take any breaks.
Consequently, after a nice shower, I fall into bed exhausted. It is a good feeling, but two or three hours later it is NOT so good. I wake to cramping muscles. Occasionally my hands cramp, but mostly it is my legs and even my feet. I have studied cramping and even published a couple of papers on the subject. I know how to slow exercise-induced cramping. Clearly I do NOT know how to prevent cramps.
The good part is that I get a particular “pre-cramp” feeling. When that odd feeling comes on a muscle, I know I need to do something to head-off a full-blown cramp. It is a good thing to head them off, my younger friends, because there are VERY painful.
The odd thing I discovered, and counter-intuitive, is that when a cramp is coming, in this particular situation, the ideal I would have thought that as soon as the muscle is to… CONTRACT the muscle! What? Logic says to relax it, but practice says to work it a bit. In fact it seems a bit odd that the typically onset of the pre-cramping is after I have been asleep a while! I would have expected them much sooner.
There is a lesson for life in my cramps. Pain can come when you least expect it. The best response to pain may be counter-intuitive. And, it may be that when we feel the pain approaching, we OUGHT to count it all joy (James 1:2). Sometimes our intuition is WRONG!
Yep, it’s important to realize that intuition is NOT trustworthy. The only trustworthy thing is G^d, and G^d alone.