Well, for the past four days, I’ve laid around doing nothing. Wish it could have been on the beach, but it was on the couch with a box of tissues, a bounding headache, and a fever. Today is the first day that I can actually function!
No one likes to get sick. We try not to be babies, but I find myself groaning and complaining to my dear husband. I’m sure at times like these he wishes that his office was elsewhere!
Isn’t the human body amazing? Why would a few raised degrees of body heat throw us off so much? You’ll have to ask your doctor that one, but there is a lesson there for us! 🙂 There is an enemy germ in me, which has thrown my body into attack mode. It’s working hard to make me better, but in the meantime, simple operations seem impossible—even writing a blog!
That can happen in our spiritual “bodies” as well. When we allow something to attack our spirit—a confrontation which leaves our spirits torn, or an ungodly entertainment that soils our souls, an unexpected heartbreak which leaves our hearts shattered—everything goes into “fix-it” mode. Our minds are clogged with unwanted thoughts; our hearts are clouded with unlovely attitudes, and until we are cleansed, life shuts down.
Sadly, there are times when we have allowed the “sickness” to go on for so long, that our spirit-bodies build a resistance to the Spirit’s wooing. It’s as though there is this huge tough callous over an infected wound, and we don’t want to deal with it; and at times like these, God may need to get out the “big guns” to get our attention! Unlike an incurable disease, often “spiritual sickness” which was caused by wrong choices just need to be reversed into making right choices.
“You make that sound so simple. You don’t understand. It’s complicated.”
Have you noticed that that is the popular phrase now? Life is complicated. What made it so complicated? You’re not going to like this…SIN. 😦 Talk to Eve if you want to know about a complicated situation and the devastating consequences of wrong choices! But Eve did not die. Yes, her life was never the same, and I’m sure there were many days when she said, “If only I hadn’t…” But she did, and hopefully she learned from it and went living the life that God gave her in the way that God intended it to be lived.
When God stops us with sickness or difficult situations, we will always benefit by keeping still and looking up! Take the time to pray. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7) This verse was the first verse I ever remember memorizing. It’s a dear, old friend with more benefits that a bowl of hot chicken soup!
And don’t forget Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God… In a world that is moving at high gear 24/7, we would do well to stop and “have a little talk with Jesus.” (Just a side note: when we were in Israel, we saw neon signs in the business windows which flashed: 24/6! They know how to “keep the Sabbath.”)
We often leave off the rest of the verse: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Oh, how that needs to be done in this age! We exalt our God when we obey Him, live clean and holy lives before this sin-cursed world, and travel down life’s bumpy road with the joy of the Lord in our hearts and beaming from our faces!
…neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10