This past week I found out I have an ear and sinus infection. In order to get that diagnosis, I had to go see a doctor. It’s funny how when you tell people you don’t feel well, they give their prognosis on your condition. Folks told me I had everything from allergies to the flu. After hearing some of the stuff they were telling me, I started believing them and I wasn’t getting any better. It wasn’t until I went to the doctor to find out was really wrong with me that allowed me to begin my healing. I was tired of being sick and it was time for me to get well, so now I am doing exactly what the doctor told me to do.
Many of us fail to go to the doctor. We have a Chief Physician in God, who is able to heal all of our infirmities. Our problem is, we take our problems to people that cannot help or diagnosis us correctly. We end up applying the wrong treatment to the areas of our lives that need healing.
It seems that we wait until well after we are sick to seek God. Most of us wait until we are both sick and tired before we go to Him. At the sick stage, we don’t mind getting advice from family and friends on our bad relationships, horrible jobs, or jacked up finances. However, when the advice doesn’t work and we find ourselves not just sick but now tired as well, is when we look for something different to answer our problems.
See, if I would have just gone to my doctor two weeks ago when I started feeling bad, I probably wouldn’t have had to take an antibiotic and most definitely would not have had an ear infection. Instead, I waited and was treating my sickness with vitamin C, plenty of water, and over the counter allergy medicine which did not help at all. The advice of my friends failed me.
It’s the same way when we take advice from people about a relationship/marriage that may be bad and folks tell us to, “do what you gotta do”, and you may think that means leaving your marriage instead of seeking counseling. Had you gone to God in prayer, He could have answered you with, seek Godly counseling. He may have instructed you to stay in your marriage and work on building it up instead of walking away. Time you could have spent in counseling, you delayed by listening to the wrong treatments.
We miss our opportunities to get well soon, when we fail to go to the doctor first. We have to stop relying on the advice of family and friends and start seeking godly counsel for our healing. When the prescription is given, we have to take the medicine of His Word and apply it to our lives in order to be healed. God wants us healed from our spirits, families, and our money. He wants us to live an abundant life and live it well.
Meet the Contributor
Deborah Woolard is a single mother of three from Raleigh, NC and she currently resides in Charlotte, NC. She is an ordained & licensed minister and she serves as the Youth Director at R5 Church. Her love for writing, especially poetry is one of the many ways God allows her to use her gifts for His glory. Her poetry can be viewed at https://m.facebook.com/gracefullydsignedbydeborah/.