“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
I Corinthians 6:19-20
I was watching a television show about people dealing with difficult life experiences. This particular story was about a former professional snowboarder named Kevin Pearce. He had an accident during a competition that gave him a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma. He had a long recovery. He was able to walk and talk again, but at a different pace. During one of his meetings with his neurologist, he was frustrated about his progress. The doctor said, “love your brain. It is the most important part of your body. Learn to love it, so you can heal better.” That moment provided the catalyst for Kevin to start a non-profit organization called, just that…”Love Your Brain”. It gives people the resources they need in dealing with brain injuries and to improve their quality of life.
I was moved and convicted at the same time. I am so frustrated with my body aging, that I am almost angry at it. I am more tired, stiffer and my bones seem to crack more than ever before. I have seen the doctor more in the past year two years than I have in ten years. I run myself ragged and get sicker more frequently. I worry about things that I cannot control. God gave us our bodies to take care of well. Besides exercise and eating healthy, rest is a part of the equation too. Aren’t we supposed to keep a Sabbath? But how can we when something seems to be scheduled every day? I am learning, it is not worth it. I can’t do things well when I am sick and tired. I have to take the cues from my body and stop and rest.
At one of my many visits to the doctor, the doctor asked me if I ever go on their website and use some of their resources. I knew what she was referring to, the podcast on relaxation. I told her I wasn’t sure that it was for me. She pleaded with me to try it and if I didn’t like it, then we will find something else. I will be honest, when I hear some of these podcasts, they sound very New Age and straight up weird. I didn’t think God would be allowed in any of their podcasts. I prayed that I would have protection if something was subliminal and discernment if I needed to turn it off. I chose the one on the lymphatic system. I have been having health problems in that area. The weird wind chiming music started to play and I thought “oh here we go…” But I tried to focus. The woman speaking said, if you only need some things from this, take them. If not, let your focus go. That seemed to relax me. She talked about being thankful for the body I was given and to treat it well. She mentioned how every person has their own set number of lymph nodes in their body. This gave me a flash back to massage school, where they talked this. I remember how the woman leading that particular subject said how amazing of a creator God was to design us so special. Then the voice of the woman on the podcast said, be thankful for your body that God created. I was stunned. She said “God” in the podcast I assumed would try to make me worship crystals and thank Mother Earth. The podcast ended and I was actually relaxed and thankful for my body.
I need to be always be thankful for this amazing creation that the human body is and how it can heal itself with sleep and rest. A better, loving attitude towards my body may be just the thing to bring the renewal I need. God can take anything, no matter how leery we are of it and show us His glory.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being the master physician and great creator. I ask for healing and restoration anywhere that my body needs it. I pray that I remember to rest and take a day to enjoy the week. Thank you for everything that I take for granted that my body is able to do. I pray that all the systems in my body function and work well. Reveal areas in my life that I need to let go of or work on. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”