Health Problems: Struggling to Stay Strong

“For the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” Hebrews 12:11.


I’ve been struggling with health issues for three years now. For the most part, it’s been a daily struggle, but I finally came to a place where I could feel my body healing, becoming stronger. I had a good solid month and a half of good health, and I was continually rejoicing and praising God for the healing he had been doing in my body. Then I had a rough week. A really rough week. The kind where I crumbled both physically and emotionally. Probably even more so emotionally. 

A good friend recommended a podcast for me, so I decided to listen to it during one of my runs. I really, truly hate running, but I feel like it is something I need to do. Partly because I know it’s good for me, but mostly because I know I would loose if I was ever on a footrace for my life against a bad guy or wild animal or zombie. I put on the podcast, and it was on the book of Job. 

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like a complete wimp whenever Job is mentioned?  Obviously my condition is nothing compared to Job’s, and before the podcast really even got started, I was already regretting ever complaining about my situation. Needless to say, the podcast felt like a complete spiritual slap across the face. But it was exactly what I needed. It hurt--physically, emotionally-- but it was necessary. Just like running.

Father, I know spiritual discipline can be painful, but I also know it is from you and it is good.  You do not discipline us for no reason, but because we are your children and you know what is best.  Let me trust you in the areas I need discipline, and help me to accept it rather than turn away from it.


Health, Hard TimesSarah Witmer