I’m writing this from my doctor’s office. While I’d rather be anywhere but here, I’m thankful I have a doctor I can go to when I’m sick.
But I’m not thankful for all the money and time spent talking to doctors with dead ends. I’m not thankful for the hangouts with friends that have to end too soon because I’m too exhausted to talk. I’m not thankful for the mornings I wake up after a day of rest, exercise, clean-eating, and a full night’s sleep still feeling like I’ve been hit by twenty-seven trucks.
Do you feel this way right now, too? Living with illness is hard—whether it’s invisible or visible, for a few days or life-long. Sickness can make us feel like half-selves, diminished versions of who we are when we’re healthy. It can make us feel guilty for letting others down. When well-meaning friends suggest “not eating gluten” or “just doing some deep breathing,” it makes us feel even more alone and misunderstood. We feel trapped, unable to deal with our changing health, and incapable of explaining why we’re so worn down.
God’s Hope Right Now
When you’re overwhelmed with exhaustion and doctor’s appointments, there is hope. In the Bible, Jesus steps alongside people with sickness. While he doesn’t always heal their wounds, he lets they know they are loved, seen, and never alone. He is right there with them—no words or advice or complaints about them just not trying hard enough. His overriding message is one of peace.
If you’re feeling sick and worn down today, take some time to hear God’s message of love for you. Find a quiet spot to focus your thoughts and pray through these 4 verses:
God, being sick makes me feel so miserable. Help me feel your peace.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me. — Psalm 23:4
Lord, I feel alone in this, like no one understands my pain. Show me you understand and see me.
You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears. Aren't they listed in your book? — Psalm 56:8
God, help me find my strength in you—regardless of whether I’m healed or not.
Now go home and have a feast. Share your food and wine with those who don't have enough. Today is holy to our Lord, so don't be sad. The joy that the Lord gives you will make you strong.” — Nehemiah 8:10
Lord, remind me that I am enough and I am loved, even when I’m running on empty.
This is the tribe the Lord loves and protects; He guards them all the day long, And he dwells in their midst. — Deuteronomy 33:12b
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