Early Wednesday morning, I had the hardest time getting out of bed. My body felt like a couple hundred pounds of heavy iron while aching all over. Feeling like I’ve been swallowing hot coals, my throat was sore along with a pounding headache. Feeling like a half-cooked microwave pizza being cold yet hot simultaneously, I knew all too well what I felt as I knew its the season for it. I had the case of the flu.
Initially, I found it to be a HUGE inconvenience as I already had my day planned of all the things I needed to do. The idea of laying in bed feeling miserable for the next few days was not my idea of a good time. Not only was I thinking about how horrible this would be but I kept asking the question, “Who, how, and where did I get the flu from?”
Like anyone else, I’m not a fan of unexpected and unfavorable circumstances. It almost always happens at the wrong time messing up the flow of the day and our moods. Inconveniences are an interruption to our programs causing us to scramble as we figure out how to restore order in our lives.
What if I told you it’s possible to find the incredible in the inconvenient? Yes, it’s true. Let me explain. While I certainly didn’t plan on getting sick, I’m glad I did. My immune system was taking hits for a while forcing me to get much-needed and sufficient rest. The flu also heightened my awareness and need of God. I’ll be honest and say that my time with God lately has been a little hindered as my attention has been pulled on the urgent instead of the important.
In my stillness dealing with the fever, uncomfortable body aches, sore throat, thwarted plans while resting in bed, I’ve learned to recalibrate my mind, body, and spirit. I was free to rest FULLY in the presence of God while being reminded to slow down when spending time with God and focus more on quality with Him than quantity.
In God’s presence, my mind was renewed realizing more of where my strength lies. When healthy, we often tend to rely on our physical strength thinking that it comes from ourselves only. Its been awhile since I’ve had the flu as I don’t get it often. I’ve discovered a key lesson in my physical weakness while having the flu.
You’ll never know how weak or unstable you are until the resources you heavily rely on is taken from you even for a moment.
Christ is the source of my strength, not the resources given to me. My illness in my particular case was an indicator that I needed to be more close to Christ. I’ve found myself slowly drifting away from Him weakening my resources. John 15:5 became much clearer with a deeper understanding of how it’s vital to stay connected to The True Vine.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
God in His ardent, passionate love wants us close to Him as much a possible. While life’s detours can be bothersome, annoying, and even painful at times, they serve as indicators to abide and remain close to Him. We may not understand initially or during the moment, but we can be sure that God’s presence and His blessings are sure to be found. Besides, His plans are far better than ours anyway.
Yes, the flu interrupted my regularly scheduled programming but if this meant a fortified immune system, restful sleep like Sleeping Beauty, and a closer, stronger, intimate relationship with God, I’ll take the blessed inconvenience than running ragged any day.