If writing during a hacking fit resulting from bronchitis doesn’t send you, add to the mix an emergency vet visit. Our sick canine is warding off fleas, a yeast infection and a positive baseline for Lyme. Oy! Not to insult the genre, but I hear the makings of a #1 Country hit song!
As if my brain lost all understanding of the word, “rest,” I put off going to a physician for a couple of days. I justified going to work those additional 48 hours to meet deadlines and get more done. It only prolonged the inevitable with belabored breathing and fitful sleep. When I finally saw the doctor, let’s just say I created my own spin on this adage: if less is best, then more makes you sick!
I realized without God, more of me only left me with less. And the less I had left ended up suffering physical ailment. Didn’t take much convincing, but thank God for the love of well-meaning sisters. They urged me to take that extra time off for some much-needed R&R.
I remember reading about two other sisters. One chose more God; the other chose her own way. As a result, the sister with less soon became consumed with worry, resentment and frustration over the details of a big dinner she planned for an important house guest. Upset that her sister’s plans didn’t align with her excessive preparation, her inward ills turned to outward complaints. Ultimately, she took them directly to their special guest.
Maybe you know these sisters. Mary and Martha of Bethany (Luke 10:38-42, NLT). And the reply of their special guest, Jesus?
“>>>My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, NLT)
Psalm 27:4 (NLT) tells us to delight and meditate. Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) calls us to look forward and press on. It’s the one thing in the details we miss in our moments of worry and turmoil. Jesus understands the ailments, the busyness, the strivings. He also understands the one thing that will not be taken from us when we discover it. Yes, it took getting sick to seek healing, but I discovered the Healer when I sought rest. And it even took busyness for Martha to recognize the alternative reflected in her sister. Did she accept it? Scripture doesn’t directly point that out, but don’t you think it sweet that the Savior presented her with the offer (“My dear Martha…”)?
Good intentions aside, life moves with or without our assistance. Therefore, when God extends rest, take it. When God slows us down, do it. When God wants to speak, listen. And when God offers a better way, choose it, because less is not always best when it’s filled with more of us and less of Him.
(By the way – that is NOT A PIC of my dog. Only stock photo I could find of a “sick pooch” and besides, my dog is bigger. It goes to prove “less is not always best!)