When a Setback Happens to be a Setup for Your Miracle

Today I’m sharing a story I still am in awe of and find it kind of surreal every time I talk about it.

I refer to it as the Triple A Miracle – Amazing, Astonishing and Astounding

If you’ve been following us since the beginning, you know that our initial blogs detailed Kennedi’s injury and the faith journey that followed.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, follow this link to my first blog– where I flashback to the injury and share my feelings, emotions, and struggles as we dealt with the aftermath.

As you’ll recall, we had the option of surgery to repair her completely severed posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) or have her complete an intensive physical therapy program in which it was predicted (based on previous patients and studies) that she would return to full pre-injury performance within 12 months of rehab.

A year of physical therapy was completed, and this past summer Kennedi participated in a couple of training sessions with her track coach and team members and was able to complete her workouts with relatively little to no pain.

Once autumn started, she made her high school’s volleyball team and had a great season. Winter track was to follow, and we were excited that she would finally be able to run competitively as a high school athlete.

But then, a major setback occurred. During the first day of track practice, after completing her warm-up laps and stretches, she experienced a sharp pain in her knee and was not able to finish her workout. The next day she couldn’t even get through her warm-up laps. The same thing happened again on the 3rd day. And the next week. This continued throughout the entire month of December.

She was back in PT, but no one could figure out why this pain just came from out of the blue.

Kennedi started questioning if maybe she should talk to the doctor about reconstructive surgery. And honestly, I began to consider it myself.

I stretched by brain trying to figure out what changed? She completed TWO HOUR workouts just fine months earlier and went through an entire season of volleyball! But she couldn’t even finish a warm-up lap?

My frustration with God and this entire situation began to grow. Why God? What is going on here? I just don’t understand the purpose of this setback. What do you want us to do that we aren’t already doing? What is the lesson here?

Is she supposed to have surgery? Did I mess up a year ago by choosing faith for her healing instead of opting for surgery? Did I make the wrong choice? Was this not Your plan or will for her?

What had I been blogging about all this time? Do the words of faith, hope, and encouragement that I’ve been sharing with others for over a year not apply here?

I had so many questions, sometimes accompanied by tears, but always eventually ending with, No matter what, I still trust You God. I just wanted an answer, and direction for a clear path to move forward.

After the holidays, we made an appointment to see the orthopedic doctor who treated her at the onset of the injury. After examining her, he shared that her knee looked great and the pain she was experiencing on both sides of her knee was where her hamstrings ended. Her hamstrings were extremely tight and was causing stress to that area. He also wanted to get her in some special orthotics and referred her to a podiatrist.

WHEW! Thank God! I was so relieved to get this report.

Then I asked if he received the MRI results that I had sent over a few months earlier. If you’ll recall, in November I shared about the girls seeing another orthopedic doctor who specialized in treating female athletes. She had ordered an MRI for Kennedi to ensure there were no additional injuries to her knee. I shared that story here and the testing results here.

The doctor replied that he needed to see the actual disc of her knee because the report stated there was no injury, which couldn’t be accurate because of her known PCL tear. Not having seen the actual written report, I didn’t put too much thought into his comment. The results that were previously shared with us was that “there was no additional injury” to her knee. No other information for the results were given.

In the car after the appointment, I asked Kennedi what she thought about the doctor’s words. She replied that she picked up on his comment too but didn’t offer further comment. I called the radiology office and requested a copy of the MRI on disc and the written report. I picked it up the next day, glanced at the report, stuffed it in my purse along with the disc, and then continued with my errands.

Once I got home later that evening, I dropped the report off on my desk, and went about my regular evening routine. It wasn’t until I was at work the next day on January 13th and thought about what the Dr. said again. I picked up the report and read it again thoroughly. My heart started pounding. I highlighted the key sentence on the report, took a picture, and sent it to Kenny and Kennedi in a group text.


Kennedi replied back, “I don’t understand.”

I had to explain that where it stated There is no evident cruciate or collateral ligament tear meant that her PCL wasn’t torn anymore!

I just cried in my office. Tears of overwhelming thanks, gratefulness, appreciation, and absolute wonder. Kennedi texted me back and told me she went to the bathroom at school and cried too.

Could this really be happening? From the time she was injured, my constant prayer and faith declaration was that Kennedi would be healed, whole, with her PCL intact. Yes, it seemed like an impossible prayer, but that’s what I wanted God to do. That’s what I believed was possible. It was my verbal prayer over her almost daily.

But honestly, I didn’t think it would happen this soon. I thought she would continue competing with her rehabbed knee compensating for the PCL injury. I imagined years later, while maybe in college, there may be a reason for her to have another MRI, and the miracle would be announced then. Never in my wildest imagination would I have predicted it would have happened in this manner and this quickly.

We didn’t get the report of our answered prayer back when the original MRI report was given, and if she hadn’t had this setback in her knee during the start of track season, we still would have been clueless, still praying a prayer that was already answered.

After going through that experience, my faith has increased to an entirely new level – not only do I believe, but I KNOW that any and everything is possible with God!

I put the MRI report in the memory box on my nightstand. I added it to my collection from this journey – her ER bracelets, her original MRI disc, her temporary handicap car tag, and her track bib she was wearing the day of the injury. I closed the lid and read the inscription from Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. It gets hard sometimes Lord, but I’m trying, I really am. Thank you so much for the reminder.

Words can’t begin to express how thankful I am to God that two out of the three declarations I prayed for were answered – her knee is healed, and her PCL is intact.

I’m fully confident that my final request for her being made whole is on the way – and by whole I mean restored to her original condition – when she’s finally able to run with no pain, and her knee performs even better than it did before she injured it.

It’s coming…And it will be Amazing, Astonishing, and Astounding!


Are you experiencing a setback in your life? Were things going well in a certain area, and is now seemingly moving in the wrong direction?

In spite of any disappointment and discouragement you are feeling, can you set your heart to live out Proverbs 3:5 and Trust in the Lord with all your heart? And not to lean until your own understanding or conclusions?

Feel free to share your response in the comments section… and please follow Destined 4 the Dub for Encouragement each week!

5 thoughts on “When a Setback Happens to be a Setup for Your Miracle

  1. Wow!! Simply Amazing..CONGRATULATIONS!! God is so Faithful!!

    Once again your Blog was right on Time!!

    Luv Ya! -Nequia Sent from my iPhone please excuse any errors


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