As predicted, you have not heard from me for awhile. Last night I chose to read some of the blogs in my RSS reader and not watch commercials. The night before that I took a hot bath with lavender oil and read a book. During the day Iâ€™m trying to stay busy doing the things Iâ€™m supposed to be doing, rather than distracting myself with writing posts, reading blogs, or not watching
Iâ€™ve also been in a very poor head space, having lost my temper twice with Ruthie this week, and having launched into a volatile, all-caps, IM argument with Bryan on Tuesday. All of this required some serious garden therapy to clear my mind, and I was able to put new perennials in one whole section of my yard and re-route some of the drip hoses my dad installed for me.
Piling It On (And Taking It Off)
I finally made it back to the gym today after a short hiatus for puking children and yearly check-ups. I was encouraged to see I had lost another pound. At this rate â€“ a pound a week â€“ it will take me nearly a year to hit my goal weight. But my new doctor encouraged me that taking it off slow and keeping it off is far better than taking it off fast and gaining it back.
I wanted to tell her to shut up, but I like her too much for that.
Listening to the Good Voices
While working out on the monotonous machinery of sweat I spent some time in prayer, and I felt the Lord reminding me of the man who sat by the pool of Bethesda in John 5. Though he could be healed by the waters of the pool, he had by lying there, lame, for 38 years.
6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7″Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
This is how Iâ€™m beginning to feel about my current state of mind â€“ like Iâ€™m just sitting around wallowing in my anger and depression waiting for something miraculous to happen in me that will make it all different. And since it hasnâ€™t happened yet, it must be somebody elseâ€™s fault that Iâ€™m still a bitter mess. But while I was on the monotonous machinery of sweat this morning I clearly heard God ask me the big DUH question: â€œDo you want to get well?â€
So thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve spent my morning chewing on. Do I want to get well.
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It’s a tough question. A question that we revisit our whole lives. Every time I’ve heard a sermon on this passage, this question is treated so flippantly.
Sometimes, as much as it hurts, and as much as it sucks, at least you know what it is to be This. The fear of change can be paralyzing. Praying for you now, as you process what God’s been speaking to you…