When battling illness, especially chronic diseases, considerable time and energy go into the daily struggle to get well. As suffering and pain increase, it’s easy to become discouraged or lose hope. It may be hard to treasure life.
The pressure of trying to keep up with regular responsibilities may exhaust a person’s strength; yet as a doctor told a busy pastor struggling to recover from with a serious disease, “All you really have to do right now is get well.”
Major life adjustments may be called for, giving the body optimum opportunity to heal with medical intervention and the power of The Great Physician.
In the midst of the struggle, it is important to focus on things that can add more hope, purpose and joy to life.
Worry and fear rob us of the daily treasures God wants to open to us, even in our time of sickness and stress. Rather than becoming anxious and fearful, it’s far wiser to rest in God as we rest physically. He grants comfort and rest to our souls when we’re hurting, but we must come to Him and put our burden in His hands if we want to experience the blessing of rest (Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7).
We rest in the Lord when we wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7a). His peace—found in prayer and through gratitude—guards our hearts so we can rest in Him (Philippians 4:6-7). We rest in His holy purposes for our lives and His strength (Job 23:10; Isaiah 46:9-10; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
During these times of rest, play soothing or inspirational music.
Listen to encouraging podcasts.
Enjoy life-building books.
Pastor Olakunle Yusuf is the General Overseer, Grace Assembly Christian Church. For prayers/counselling, do call 08023423396 or email: [email protected]. Shalom!