Week before last I had a bad head cold. You probably know the kind I’m talking about – so clogged up at night you can’t breathe, which makes you breathe through your mouth, which causes incoming air to tickle your throat so you cough, so you can’t sleep. Sore throat, achy joints, blah blah blah. Miserable.
As the cold began to pass and I was getting some relief, I posted this on FaceBook:
One thing that’s positive about having a miserable head cold is that it makes you appreciate NOT having a miserable head cold.
That’s a hidden blessing in illness and disease. It makes us more appreciative when things are working right.
When you stop and think about it, it’s truly a miracle when everything in our body is working at the same time. Did you realize that, barring disease, your heart will beat 2.52 billion times over the course of 70 years (36 million beats a year, 98,630 per day, 4110 per hour, all based on the average heart rate of 68 bpm). Your heart will beat that many times WITHOUT A BREAK. What appliance or piece of technology can match that reliability? And is a realistic expectation that my heart, or any other part of my body, is going to function perfectly 100% of the time?
Some consider the eye the most complex part of the body, so it should come as no surprise that there are over 60 documented eye diseases – 60 ways for these complex organs to NOT work correctly. Here’s one you probably never heard of: Choroideremia. It’s a rare disorder that causes progressive loss of the choroid, an important layer under the retina that is responsible for some of its blood supply.
Before this research, I never heard of a choroid. I never thought about the fact that blood has to flow into my eye. (I guess it’s necessary even when my eyes are not bloodshot.) Do you see what I mean? Our bodies are so complex it’s a miracle when they work right at all. David’s words in the Psalms are absolutely true:
When our bodies are working right, it should spark a sincere gratitude toward the great God Who made us so well. When a body part fails to function correctly, or when we are attacked by dis-ease, let it serve as a reminder to be thankful for the other parts that ARE working right, and make us doubly grateful when the disease passes and we are whole once again.
Question: What can you be thankful for today, beyond what’s not working?