“After leaving the synagogue, Jesus, James, and John went home with Simon and Andrew. Simon’s Mother-in-law was in bed, sick with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them.” Mark 1:29-30 (NRSV)
The human body is a remarkable instrument. We have been created with the capabilities of healing. I sometimes wonder about all the medications we are on and whether or not our bodies would heal themselves if we didn’t take so many meds. I don’t know; however, personally, I prefer not to take any more medications than necessary (although I do take a healthy dose of vitamins!)
Last November following my annual wellness exam, I decided to join a gym to try to improve my health and well-being. It’s interesting because the trainer who did my health assessment talked to me about a new course that was being offered that I could still take. The course covered nutrition, weight loss, exercise, stress management, and ways to care for one’s self body, mind, and spirit. After years of being off and on with a particular weight loss program, I decided to try something different.
We are almost at the end of the class, and I have lost weight, feel better, am exercising a little more, and have started to set goals so I can continue this journey and make this my life-style rather than a class that will end in two more sessions. Perseverance is a key component for me in becoming healthy. And it is that way in having a healthy faith journey.
When we stop practicing our faith, our spiritual “muscles” become atrophied, and life’s challenges can weigh us down. Sticking with good spiritual disciplines will help us to stay connected to Christ even when we falter and go astray. Our spiritual lives often need a tune-up and need that extra lift toward wholeness, so staying connected to God through prayer, worship, and interactions with others helps us to stay on track.
My healing from food addictions (especially sweets) will take a while, but I’ve started. My journey of faith continues to be reworked and revised as I learn more about what God sees in me and how God travels with me on this path. Let us stay the course, and when we go off the wrong direction, let us turn around and keep on keeping on!