I have been blessed with good health. That means sickness always surprises me. Health just feels so normal that I take it for granted. I think there are some good things that happen through sickness even if it is just for a couple of days.
Being sick reminds me how fragile I really am. For weeks on end I wake up and feel good all day long. Then one day for no apparent reason a nagging cough begins and within a few hours my experience of life is changed. My body is like the receiver of life and when the receiver is damaged then everything that comes through the receiver is affected. Food doesn’t taste the same. Jokes are not as funny. Things are irritating that weren’t irritating yesterday.
I was sitting with my wife and we were talking about me being sick and she said, “Well, there is not much we can do.” That is a profound statement. I think I’m like most men. There is something to be done about almost everything. Give me a situation and I will figure out something that can be done. But some sickness is different. The body responds in it’s own time. The universe twitches one of its tiny little muscles and I am rendered helpless. This is something to remember. Health makes me feel bigger than I am. Sickness reminds me how small I really am.
Being sick slows life down. There are times when that is the only thing that will slow life. Slow is good sometimes. Even with the receiver damaged, when life slows down there are gifts that the velocity of life usually causes me to miss.
Being sick reminds me at least for a little while how great it is to be healthy. I miss it.
Finally being sick reminds me that I am a dependent being. There is One who is greater. One who holds my life in his hands. I have nothing to bargain with. Everything I am and everything I have is already his. This One, even though I am just a vapor and a fragile vapor at that, loves me. And that is a very good thing.
So, whether you are sick or healthy, God stays the same. Like a mountain that doesn’t move, that never changes. Because of Jesus his stance toward me is the same and that means I can rest until that day when I will be truly healthy and my receiver will finally be truly whole.