Today started off way too early for someone who only got 4 hours of sleep. (Yawn.)
I dropped my friend off at the airport at 8 am, after 90 minutes of rush-hour traffic. Yay for a chance to talk and catch up on life!
It was a slow crawl back through the rainy streets of Portland for my 9 am appointment with my favorite naturopathic doctor.
Thanks to Audible, I was able to bring Jen Hatmaker along for the ride. It takes a gifted woman to convict me while making me laugh hysterically at the same time. And, laugh I did. Alone in my car, I did. (No worries, y’all I fit right in, because #keepportlandweird!)
As I was saying, I love my doctor. She (and her staff) have been a tremendous blessing to me. Especially as they persevere with me through all kinds of symptoms and struggles.
Thankfully, my doctor was able to determine that my ongoing stomach issues is a result of my liver and pancreas working overtime. Gotta love the word “bile.” Oh, how I miss my gallbladder. (TMI, anyone?)
Anyhow, we worked through my list of supplements and came up with a treatment plan.
After discussing the mysterious lump/cyst/tumor/whatever on my back, I asked if it was really necessary for me to get an x-ray.
Her response? And I quote, “If you walked in here wetting your pants and dragging your leg behind you, I would be concerned and send you for an MRI immediately. But, let’s get an x-ray just to be on the safe side.”
She may have offered me a clean change of clothes and a hairdryer should that ever become an issue. (Seriously, even in jest her people skills and service are exemplary!)
We had a good laugh (but not at the mercy of sweet people who do have those health issues!)
I then had a major light bulb moment which blessedly shattered the cloud I’ve had hanging over head this past week.
Yes, I have a raging headache. Yes, I’m nauseous. Yes, I’ve had horrible stomach pains.
But, there are many, many people who are struggling far more than I could ever imagine. (Praying for them even as I write this post.)
The absurdity of me complaining over my trivial problems came upon me and I suddenly felt very, very thankful.
Sure, there was laughter, but like my car ride adventures with Jen, there was also conviction.
No matter how hard life gets—or feels—there is always, ALWAYS something to be positive about. Always.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe it’s important for us to admit when we are struggling physically or emotionally.
It’s important to stay prayerful and trust God will heal us.
The reality, however, is we are humans who go through difficult seasons. And, God will always bring us through the trials in His way and His timing. Even when it doesn’t feel like it.
But, it’s also important to remember:
- Things could always be worse
- To seek help when we need it
- To encourage, support and pray for others in their struggles
- To look for the lessons this season is bringing
- To try to find the positive, any positive, in our lives
I pray today finds you healthy and well rested. But, if not, I pray you are able to look for the positive and press through the pain. God’s got you, Friend!
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Photo Credit: Amy Jo Ivey / “Pikes on an Angle” / Pike’s Market Place, Seattle, WA / April 21, 2015