Posted: January 30, 2019
Battling a mild illness, I was recently thinking about all the things I take for granted that are taken away from me when I’m sick. I usually look forward to a hot shower, but when I’m sick I can hardly muster up the energy. I love my morning coffee, but if I have a cold, I can’t even taste it. I relish climbing into my bed every night, but if I’ve been sick in bed all day, that’s the last place my achy back wants to be.
This applies to other areas of my inner-self:
- When my mind is consumed with anxiety or negative thoughts, I can’t even begin to accept encouragement from those around me.
- When I’m emotionally unhealthy because I’m ignoring all boundaries, I don’t see the relationships around me for the blessing that they are.
- When my spirit is “sick,” I’m less aware of the peace and joy that Jesus brings because I’m consumed with a bad attitude or bitterness.
Getting healthy in all areas of life is a constant teeter-totter and I fail all the time! I need to constantly seek and pray for God’s leading on the specific areas He wants to bring health to me.
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.
He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.” Psalm 107:19-22
Jesus, I want to be healthy in every area, no matter how long it takes! Help me to see Your Word for the daily vitamin that it is, your living water as beneficial, and that prayer is always the first remedy. For now, give me a song of joy in my heart that will shine a light for You. Amen.