Has there ever been a time when you felt betrayed by your body? Or perhaps when you felt it let you down? Have you ever been angry at your weaknesses? These last couple of weeks have left me feeling exactly that way.
I rarely get sick. In fact, I can’t recall the last time I had a cold or flu. I work around sick children all the time, and have a pretty strong immune system. Recently, when illness struck my oldest son as we left for spring break, then a couple days later my youngest, and then my husband, I just knew I’d be fine…until I wasn’t.
Then, would you believe, I was the one who got it the worst? I developed not only a bad case of full blown pneumonia but within a week I returned to the medical center having hit a wall in my recovery, only to be diagnosed with the flu on top of it.
I thought I was invincible…after all, I’m the do-er…the mom, the wife, the friend, the counselor, the Doctor, the boss, the provider. There’s no time to get sick.
These last couple weeks as I have fought for my very breath, I have found there’s no time but to rest. My head has wanted to do…to celebrate my son’s birthday, see patients, to fight for the insurance pre-authorizations on behalf of my patients, to answer emails, to finish book edits on my soon to be released book “Hope Prevails”, to attend Bible study, to mentor my girls…the list is endless.
But God’s call and the doctor’s warning has been two-fold: to rest and to stay calm. Can I tell you, that for this can-do, always on-the-go woman, just about anything else would be easier… until you have no breath and just moving, or talking, robs you of breath, forcing you to rest.
1. Trust that God will use all things for your good and his glory.
My heart’s cry throughout this situation has been that it would not be for nothing. “Teach me Lord. Use this for my good and for your glory. Work even this out for good, as your word promises you do.”
2. The world goes on without us. It does not all depend on us.
I don’t know about you, but it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the doing; thinking it all depends on us. But as I have been on forced bed-rest, I have found that’s a lie. It doesn’t. The world goes on without us. And the most amazing thing? He’s the one who makes it all happen. He’s the provider. He doesn’t even need us–He just allows us to partner with Him in His ministry.
3. Sometimes God allows our bodies to fail us so we can rest in Him.
And while it is His desire that we would be in health and prosper even as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2), sometimes He will allow our bodies to fail us. Sometimes we need a wake-up call. Sometimes we need a rest. Sometimes we need to get back to what’s really important and rest in Him.
Beloved, will you rest in Him today?
““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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A short brief about Hope Prevails.
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
- As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real hope for the future.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.