"Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
~ Psalm 119: 105
I have recently shared that I am working through some health issues. While I want to say that everything is "okay" this morning I find that I am struggling.
It's funny how prescriptions work. The doctor diagnoses the health issue and then writes a prescription to work towards restoring health to the patient, or alleviate the symptom or issue. But then there are other issues. The side effects associated with taking the medication. Oh, now that list can be quite long, and if you have ever taken a drug for a period of time, you soon may learn what some of those side effects are all about.
I would like to think that everything would be smooth sailing, there are sometimes currents that want to take us elsewhere.
Our faith is God's attempt at being healthy all the time. There are things that happen in our life that outline the boundaries of that faith, or bring about new challenges, ultimately the hope is that we have a healthy relationship with God and with one another.
Enter in the side effects. Sometimes when we find that we are living out our faith in a way that is healthy for us, there are things that emerge that can sideline our focus. I have a friend who prays daily for all kinds of things. I recently realized that she sometimes gets "stuck" on a particular prayer concern. It is all she can talk, think or pray about. It has suddenly overpowered her ability to spend any time on anything else!
I recently had to ask, "so, what about this situation over here?"
While scripture may provide us with the words, or direction that we may need to go to remain healthy, ultimately it is our faith in God that illuminates our steps on that journey. Finding ourselves healthy and living out our faith in that manner is ultimately what we all hope to achieve.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to live out my life today in a way that makes my faith healthy and strong! Amen.
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.