“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” (Isaiah 40:12)
Certain times of the year are always more difficult for me. I have lived long enough with illness to see that there has been a pattern of times and seasons that are more challenging than others for me.
Recently I knew I was coming into a very bad season, and I knew I was not ready for it. I was out of balance. You can only do so much physically, only take so many medicines, etc., to help your body with chronic illness. But you can feed good things into your soul and spirit to help and strengthen them.
Knowing I was not in good shape with soul and spirit, I fasted from the news for about a week, and took several weeks away from interaction on the internet. I focused instead on reading, listening to good music, and hearing good preaching.
I needed a reboot of my soul and spirit.
When you live with illness there may be limits to what you can do to help your body, but you are not limited regarding your soul and spirit. You need to find things that personally replenish your soul, and you need to take care of your spirit, filling it with God’s word and good preaching and teaching.
You may find yourself feeling weak in soul and spirit. I encourage you today to feed them both. We may not be able to do much about a weak body, but we can nourish our soul and spirit.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help and heal our bodies, and remind us to feed our soul and spirit. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has found that feeding his soul and spirit gives him strength to endure an ill body.
Do you feel malnourished in your soul and spirit? Have you considered that they need to be fed just like your body does?
This song is by Rhonda Gunn but it is a cover by a Rachel Reeves. The lyrics are beautiful about how there are times when we are stripped down and pruned, but that God is always beside us and we can grow strong in the autumn rain. You can see the lyrics here if you would like. Enjoy. ~Lisa