I’ve been sick a lot over the last year. That’s really frustrating! And embarrassing! Why embarrassing? Because I have a health website, that’s why! I’m supposed to always be healthy!
I know deep down that no one is always healthy, but I’ve asked myself many times why I still get sick, when I try to eat right and take the best herbs and read good books about health. Why, why, why?
As frustrating as it is, I can think of a few reasons:
- I don’t always DO everything I know I SHOULD do. I still eat white bread at times (and more so when I’ve been sick, because I lack the energy to make as much from scratch). I stay up too late sometimes. When my body is worn out from a serious disease, I don’t have the room for error that a more healthy person would have. One mess-up, and I’ll feel it. Two mess-ups, and I’m sick. Three mess-ups, and… well, everyone around me regrets it! Am I ever going to be perfect? Not likely.
- Even if I were close to perfect, I still struggle with a disease-filled body. My body is recovering, not starting from a blank slate. This means that sometimes it struggles with just living, let alone getting better. However, I’m inspired to keep trying so that my kids and husband, who have healthier bodies than I do, can have a healthier future.
- I don’t know it all. Addison’s disease is really tricky, and some of the things (herbs, foods, etc.) that work well for others would really mess me up. For instance, I have found that kidney-cleansing herbs don’t agree with my body. I’m trying to figure out the science behind it, but I have a long ways to go. I could spend all day, every day, online researching my disease, but then I wouldn’t have time for anything else in life. It’s not good to get obsessed about health. It could easily become an idol to me.
So as much as my pride would like to stand here and announce that I’m the picture of perfect health, my weight is ideal, I never have acne, I have tons of endurance, and I never wake up on the wrong side of the bed — well, it just wouldn’t be the truth.
A Bible passage has been a huge encouragement to me:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).
When I mess up, I’ve learned something that I can share with others. When I get sick, I can learn how to help others avoid it. When I struggle with something, I can relate to others who are having the same struggles. I can encourage and lift up others. That’s such a good thing! Maybe it’s the whole reason God put me on this earth.
P.S. Join us for our 7th free health class, called “Help for Us Humans.” We look at ways to avoid health problems, what to do when we DO get sick, and what God’s Word says about healing. I really talk from my heart in this class.