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I remember falling sick five years ago, to a point of being admitted in hospital. Apart from work, my responsibilities at home were few. The doctors took great care of me, while recovering; I had enough sleep, good food, and started ‘enjoying’ my stay in the hospital. My fellow patients did not judge me when I threw up or struggled to get on my bed. By the time I was being discharged part of me felt sad, I wanted that bed, I wanted to stay there; I attributed my healing to the bed. I did not miss the doctors, I did not miss the medication, I just wanted that bed. Not realizing that I got my health back and I now had another chance to continue working and living my life.
In church, sometimes we behave likewise; the sanctuary environment is our safe space. We find joy while seated on that specific chair on that specific isle while singing that specific song. We are glad that our pastors and other church leaders are there for us. Fellow congregants try to understand us, especially in those who are willing to share their low moments. We become so comfortable with the church compound, at times we don’t even want to go home. Not realizing that the same God who we have been praising is omnipresent. Attributing our joy to the sanctuary, the pastors and to the ministries we serve in. Little do we know that all that we need is found in God who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
Our rest does not come from the beds we sleep on, it comes from the Lord: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in.’ Matthew 11:28-30. Our healing does not come from the people who take care of us, they are just vessels; our peace comes from the Lord. ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ (John 14 :27) God is our all in all, and once we start finding satisfaction elsewhere, we commit idolatry. ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.’ Isaiah 45:5
Today, I pray that today God will help us to love Him, our healer and not just the healing. To love Him; our peace and joy, and not get attached to people and places, thinking that they are our source of peace. I pray that God will enable us to let go of the hospital bed and instead hunger and thirst for Him alone.