I do have an excuse though, in that I have been sick the last two weeks, with a bad case of bronchitis. Funny thing though (well, its not really funny), is that I did not go to the doctor until Tuesday of last week, because I kept thinking that eventually, I would just get better on my own. I assumed my body would rid itself of the sickness.
However, when the days turned into over a week of being miserable, with uncontrollable coughing which kept me awake all night long, I finally decided that I was desperate enough to seek out some help from someone who could figure out what was wrong, and possessed the knowledge of what I needed to be cured.
So today, for the first day in a couple weeks, I actually feel like myself again! Sadly though, what a waste of two weeks! If I had just gone to the doctor before my condition had worsened, I could have prevented myself from a lot of suffering!
Isnt our walk with Christ like that sometimes? We have problems, but we think we can handle them on our own. We have burdens, but we refuse to lay them down, because we think we are supposed to carry that weight ourselves. We have faith, but not enough faith to really trust that God does have the cure to our problems?
God is ofter referred to as “The Great Physician”, but usually when people use this term, they are praying for physical healing for a loved one or for themselves. But the healing that we all need every day is not always a physical healing, but a spiritual healing. He knows what we each suffer with, and He possesses the knowledge to give us just the right cure for our hurting hearts.
Just like I put off going to the doctor as long as I could, thinking that I could just wait out the illness and it would eventually get better without anyones help, I wonder how many times I put off going to God for a remedy when my heart, or my spirit, is sick.
For some people, God is the first person they call on when a problem strikes, but for most people, He is often the One that we call upon as a last resort.
In fact, many times we seem to view God like we do the Red Cross – we only call on Him and seek His intervention when we are in a desperate, unexpected, and seemingly hopeless crisis situation.
Despite our level of faith we often forget that God desires to talk to us every day; He longs for us to seek out His help. In the midst of struggling with the situations in our lives, we forget that He is just one prayer away from curing what ails us.
There have been numerous times in my life when I have cried out so desperately for Gods help, only to soon discover that I felt a peace that I couldnt understand. In fact, in one particular difficult situation recently, I remember wondering why I was so calm. Why was I not thinking about that problem every second? Why wasnt I more distraught and worried?
Then God quickened my heart and reminded me, that I had turned it over to Him. He had taken that weight off of my shoulders. He was carrying my cross. It was the only explanation for the peace that I felt in the middle of a storm.
I had sought a cure from the Great Physician, and He provided it.
What a shame that we wait until we are desperate for help to cry out to God.
Just like the doctor is always in his office when we arrive for our appointment, God is always there too, and He is always on call! He is available and waiting to get involved in our lives, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. What other physician can offer that type of service?!
Lets make it a focus this week to remember that God sees what we are going through; understands how we are feeling; knows our deepest heartaches; and has the cure that we are desperately looking for. There is no need to wait to call Him until things get really bad – He is ready to step in at anytime.