I have been a very bad girl. I recently ran out of medications, and with no refills available, I had to call my doctor. I’ve actually only seen that doctor once, and have debated about going back to him versus going back to my other health care provider or seeking someone else entirely. He was busy, so I was scheduled to see His wife. I think this was a God thing. You see, it had been a year and a half since I had been to the doctor. I had not been taking care of myself for a long time for various reasons, and it’s time to get this back under control. The good news is that my blood sugars and my asthma are both doing well.
Another issue I struggle with is weight. I had lost about 70lbs and was doing well. Then I got it in my head that I would start taking my diabetes medications like I’m supposed to. Big mistake? I don’t know, but I gained all that weight back and more in a matter of a couple months, even though I stopped as soon as I realized what had happened. With a bum knee and all the extra weight piled on, I am in worse shape than ever. And I am discouraged.
Why do I tell you this? Sickness of the body (or lack of physical good health) often keeps us from being the people God created us to be. My struggles keep me chained, in a sense, and hold me back from being/doing what I would like to do. Even ministry items have to be thought out carefully before taking them on. Many of those things that a normal 54 year old woman can do, I cannot. I’ve had medical issues all my life and have had to adjust my life to accommodate them. But, I often get frustrated because I want to be like everyone else (or as I perceive them). Fortunately, many health issues can be taken care of by medication or just waiting for them to pass. Sometimes, God chooses to completely heal. All the time He is in the process.
So, when it comes to doing things like playing with the grandkids, going to the mall with my daughter, having a party for my Sunday School Class, and much more, I often have to pass or get help. In one sense, that keeps me dependent on God, and that’s a good thing! On the other hand, it limits my ability to relate with others doing every day things. It’s amazing how God uses my ‘dis’ abilities at times, so I trust Him that He’ll give me the ability to do what He wants me to do, but I also wonder how many times I’ve let Him down because I just can’t do some things.
How’s your Health?
All of the above, a struggle I have on a daily basis, got me thinking about spiritual health. God is much more concerned with my spiritual health than my physical health, and the only disability there is me. How do you measure spiritual health? How often do we miss out on ministry opportunities because our spiritual health is not very good? How do we get healthy once we realize we’ve become spiritually sick?
The first way spiritual sickness strikes is common to man: sin sickness. Those who have not accepted Christ have a sickness unto death, and the remedy is to let Jesus cover your sin with His blood and make you white and whole again. Sin sickness still lurks in the natural man while we’re on earth, however. If we are not progressing toward becoming like Christ, we may have allowed our sin sickness to taint our spiritual health again. We heal this problem by keeping short accounts with God, confessing our sin, and getting right with our God.
Another way we can become spiritually sick is through busyness. Are you so busy you let your quiet time slip? Do you go through the motions, looking churchy, but feeling bankrupt inside? When we get busy, especially busy doing “God’s Work”, we may let our relationship with said God (and others) slip without even realizing it.
We can do all the right things but for all the wrong reasons. If we do things to be seen by man, because we feel like it’s an obligation, or to be with our friends, we may have a problem. All of those things are ok, but not if they are our motivation. Our thoughts determine so much about us. They also act as a barometer or thermometer to tell us we’re having problems and need to get help.
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…” Proverbs 23:7a
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34
Fortunately, the Great Physician is always on call, 24/7. He gave us a prescription for spiritual maladies in the Bible, and sends His Spirit to help us understand the medications and
convict us let us know when we’ve become spiritually sick.
Here’s hoping you find yourself healthy after this check up If not, I recommend you put in a call to the Great Physician.
- Family, Friends and Prayer (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)