Whenever I get sick I feel like I am going to die. My mind goes straight to the worst case scenario without a second thought! When someone close to me is ill, I think they are going to die! Maybe I find some comfort in preparing for the worst and being overjoyed at something less. Or maybe my ill feelings when I’m sick prevent me from being able to see past a day when I feel so awful. As much as I hear my mother’s words, “This too shall pass,” I just have a hard time believing those words in the moment.

We’ve all had the flu at one time or another. That has to be the worst, and yet one of the quickest regular illnesses a person can get! Within a day we go from feeling normal to not being able to get out of bed or even keep food down! Puking like crazy, achy all over, and unable to sleep or eat, it’s no wonder our physical state starts to affect our minds as well! In times like these, we must remember the long term goal…that this will pass! We must preach to our souls to “hope in God” as Psalm 42:5 says.

Psalm 42:5 NASB
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.”

When someone became ill growing up in my house, that person was placed on the couch with adequate liquids, blankets, and a bell. When they needed something, they would ring the bell and someone not ill in the house would come to their aid. When we’re physically ill, or even spiritually ill, we can call on our Heavenly Father and He will come running to our aid. Just like my family couldn’t always heal me, even though God can heal, He sometimes chooses not to. Yet He can still help comfort us through our illnesses, as my family used to with me as a child.

If you’re feeling down or hopeless, preach to your soul and call on the Lord to help you through your physical (or spiritual) illness.

This is taken from my upcoming Daily Devotional.

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