Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Take all of your medicine

Argghhh!! I do not like being sick. It all started with a little cough. It then progressed to a drainage issue... then into something that was so much like strep throat that it even had the doctors fooled. My youngest had it first. She missed 5 days of school. Then my son got it. Then my husband got it... and being the mom that never gets sick.... THEN I got it!! What??? I never get sick. But last Thursday, when I got up... not only could I not swallow at all... I even went to the doctor. That is something that hardly ever happens as well.

I felt so bad that I called my poor 71 year old mom to take me to the doctor. On the way home we stopped and got my prescriptions filled. So... I started on my antibiotics last Thursday. I took them all day Thursday and all day Friday. But... Saturday I felt like a new woman... so I stopped taking them. (what a great patient I am, right??) Well... I have you know that on Monday morning when I woke up... I could barely swallow again. You would think that as a mother... and a healthcare worker... that I would know that I needed to take all of my medicine!! But it all of my mighty wisdom, I decided that I had taken enough to make me better. Needless to say... I am taking my antibiotics again!!

As I have thought back over this... several things and stories have come to mind.

How sin starts out. Like my little cough... that progressed until it was a full-fledged nasty sickness. Sin may seem small... like a little lie on the phone.... but if not kept in check, it will progress until it grows into something much bigger. My preacher has said.... "sin takes you farther than you want to go... and keeps you longer than you want to stay". How true that is. It can be such a subtle thing to begin with... but before you know it.... you have gone farther than you thought you would... and it is much harder to get away. We must keep our lives in check so that we will not fall into the trap of sin.

Like just enough antibiotics to start my healing process.... just enough "Jesus" to keep you "safe" in your mind. So many people are just satisfied with going to church on Sunday morning. No quiet time. No seeking more. No longing to be like Him. It is really not what the Father prescribed. He desires for us to be changed into the likeness of His Son. I don't think that church once a week is enough to do that. We need to "take" all of the medicine that the Father can give us. His Word, His Presence, His Healing, His Peace, His Provisions... and He has so much more to give. He gives it to us. It is there for us... if we seek Him. Just like my medicine in the cabinet... as long as I just let it sit there... it will do me no good. I have to go take it. We have to seek Him... pursue Him. We will find our healing.

Then I thought about this scripture in Matthew 12:43-45

"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, "I will return to the house I left", When it arrives, it find the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."

This was something that struck me like a ton of bricks the first time I read it. Just like our lives. We can "remove" all of the things that were "bad" in our lives... the old sinful nature. But if we don't fill up that empty spot with something "godly" then the old sinful nature can come back with several of his evil buddies and take up residence again. Worse off than we started. I had removed the "bad" feelings of my sickness. But... I left an empty hole without resistance to the "bug" again.... so it was just about to move back in. I would have probably been worse off than when it all started. Thankfully I still had the remainder of my antibiotics in the cabinet.

So... hopefully I am on the mend AGAIN. I wouldn't have to say "again" if I had just done what the doctor had prescribed. This is what our Father has prescribed....

Jeremiah 29:12-14

"... " then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord."

Oh... I pray that I will do just that. Seek Him with all of my heart. He promises to be found.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family!! May God bless each and every one of you.
I love you!!

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Tracy said...

Wow! What a powerful post! The parallels are truly striking. This especially hits home because I too had this last week...could hardly even swallow water. I was extra motivated to stay on my meds and get fully well because my son was only days away from being home from college for Christmas, but that's not always the case. Like you, I sometimes stop when I think I've had "enough" medicine. I hate to admit that at times my actions show I feel the same about Christ. Truth is, I don't just want to be rid of the bad, I want to fill its place with that which is good...Christ. Great thoughts to ponder.

You take care and make sure you take the rest of that medicine! May you and your family enjoy a special (and healthy) time together celebrating our Saviour's birth.


Paula (SweetPea) said...

This is really good. You did a wonderful job relating your medicine to the medicine of a relationship with Jesus. When you started to list the days you took your medicine, I thought, "Oh no, she stopped...you never stop antibiotics...#1 rule of medicine."

I'm so glad you are finally recovering and that through being sick God gave you a wonderful topic to relate the discipline of taking medicine to the discipline of a relationship with Jesus.

Pinkshoelady said...

This stunned me!
I could not stop reading..I wanted every word!

Thank you for this post...I will need to stop reading anything else now and ponder this post!

I love you my friend and I'm glad you are better!


Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

So here I am at Somewhere in the Middle and it's nearly midnight. Woops, NO it IS midnight.
I'm going to go read this all over again. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing Lynn!

I just prayed you start feeling much much better and asked God to bless you all over.

Merry CHRISTmas my new friend Lynn!
I'm so thankful for you.

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Great post Lynn!! How profoundly true and my heart has been convicted and inspired (all in one).
In reference to my post and your response, my husband and I took the money we were blessed with and went shopping for the girls. We came home empty-handed. Nothing seemed right, everything seemed so pricy. I think our hearts were set on no presents this year and giving the girls the greatest gift we know...a relationship with God. We bought them all gift cards to put in their stockings but I have done one thing more I felt God laying on my heart to do. We bought them each a journal. We are going to encourage them to read scripture and journal it, hopfully daily. For every 30 days completed there will be a "reward". I struggle with this "reward" but if we can promote a discipline such as spending time with God in His word then they will have received the greatest gift. We will see how this goes...

Merry CHRISTmas friend.

In His Graces~Pamela

Beverly said...

I'm so sorry you have not been feeling well. Yep we need to take all of our medicine and we need to take in all God has for us to help us stay well and remain healthy.

Thanks for helping me to ponder and realize that at times I've done the same things, put Him off because I think I've had enough to quickly find out I'm way behind in my doses.

Love ya and Merry Christmas...