Sick

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There’s something wrong.

It’s frustrating.

It gets in the way.

But ever present,  no matter where the day takes,  no matter what is going on.

It frays the nerves.

It wears heavy, like an invisible chain hung around the neck,
pulling
pulling
straining against all that needs doing.

It can smother the breath and discourage the heart.

For those blessed with good health it is foreign and baffling.

For those who have illness or other health issues that continue, it is a fact of life.

Fighting for your health can seem a monster unable to be slain.

“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His (Jesus) garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. ” Luke 8:43-44

This verse has encouraged me many times.

I know the monster of weak health.

I have to watch my weight, my eating patterns, my stress level, my sleep…you get the idea!

Why?

Because I am not a healthy person. It’s easy to catch a cold and hard to get well.

I have had surgery some years ago and have been improving but have accepted that if I am not careful, illness is waiting to put me back in my bed.

My attitude at times has been poor but when I read of this dear woman who touched Jesus’ garment my heart is glad.

I may have to be careful with my health but I am not alone in this.

Jesus has been with me during sleepless nights and discomfort that robs me of the ability to work.

He reminds me that this world is not my home and there are others who suffer as well from things far worse than I could ever understand.

In all of this my character has been polished.

It is a choice, but sickness doesn’t mean I have to focus on myself.

It is difficult to look beyond the inward insistence, but it is possible.

For those who struggle with health don’t allow it to steal your joy. Life is more than being healthy and being able to do what you want,  when you want.
Jesus wants to comfort you no matter how your body struggles.

For those who are blessed with good health,  pray for those who are not. Be compassionate when you run across a person who is tied up in themselves due to being sick.

For all of us, we can praise the Lord that He is God. For sending us Jesus means that we are able to have help in the everyday,  sick or whole.

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