Healing meditations and scriptures have been a part of my life this year as I battle with a strange ear dysfunction. It is so easy to feel like a sickness is taking over your life. I bemoaned my plight to my husband last week. “If only my ears would get back to normal, then life would be great right now.” I don’t remember his comment back, but I do remember it wasn’t what I expected. Or wanted…
I wanted sympathy. But, he told me an answer I needed to hear, centering me back to God. I was in a moment of self-pity…
This rare condition patulous eustachian tube dysfunction has been my thorn-in-the-flesh since February of this year. There’s been times I’ve been ready to throw up my hands and say, “God, this is enough! I can’t bear this anymore!” But, then I’m reminded of Paul, and others from the Bible, who’ve endured sickness and hardships..they endured, prevailed and came out all the better for it.
I pulled out some old notes about dealing with sickness and I hope some of them help you as well….
You are not your sickness
While sickness is a part of your life, you are not your sickness. I found comfort in Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Breath prayer – I am God’s Child
My identity is in Christ Jesus. I am a co-heir with Christ and a child of the King. HE is my identity. Sickness or accolades are not the final name stamp on my heart. HE is. I realized that when I was prone to sludge in my self-pity I had my eyes on myself. It was time to shift my attention…
I must choose to shift my attention away from the sickness and onto other things. I can focus on something which is more pleasing to think about such as the beauty of nature, concentrating on my gratitude list, or reliving funny moments from our grandson’s stay with us. The bottom line, dwelling on my sickness isn’t helpful. I have a feeling that when I dwell in that mire, the enemy is doing a fist-pump happy that I dove into the pitty pit.
Don’t worry about tomorrow
Philippians 4:6 is a favorite verse to remind me that my anxious thoughts are not His thoughts. ““Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” My dad once preached a sermon that has stayed with me for a lifetime. “If you’re going to pray about it then don’t worry about it. If you’re going to worry about it, then don’t pray about it.”
Breath prayer – God hears
I’m the world’s worst about letting my imagination speed away. That’s great when working on a story line for one of my books. But, in my spiritual life, it’s a sure track to high blood pressure of the spirit and body.
If I find my thoughts speeding off to “am I going to be like this forever” and worrying about if I will ever be able to take another plane trip…I have to stop myself. God will take care of those things. Worrying about the future is a sure way to get stuck in a swirl of worry and anxiety. Stop, drop and pray!
Monitor the Condition, Marvel at the Creator
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Breath prayer – God, my strength
Something I did for both of my parents, and for myself, is keep a health log. Rather than be stifled in fear of the sickness, I monitor it. By keeping track I realized that the problems with my ear aren’t as pronounced as they were earlier in the year. The ringing isn’t every day. Sometimes I have days of none! If I hadn’t been keeping detailed record, I know I woudn’t have been able to have my little hallelujah moment. So, in the moment that morning when I was in self-pity I had something to refer to so that I could see I had made improvement.
I know that God can use all things to his glory and purpose. I don’t know yet why I’ve had to endure this sickness. But, I can rest in His promise that it’s used to his glory. I may never know the answer on this earth. I’m assured that I know He will strengthen and help me to endure. And, along the journey, I’ve gained a new understanding and sympathy for those folks who endure sicknesses that are ‘unseen’ to the naked eye.
Some more of my favorite scriptures I’ve used for prayer and meditations about healing and sickness:
- Luke 8:50
- Psalms 34:19
- 2 Thessalonians 3:16
- Deuteronomy 31:6
- Bible Hub topical study: Healing
If you are going through a sickness, I invite you to leave your prayer request in the comments below, or email me at therefeatherednest (at) gmail (dot) com. I would be honored to pray for you!
P.S. You may enjoy this post about “Covered in Prayer”