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Mark 2:17 – On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (NIV)
Medical appointments have been regular happenings for me, and every effort has been made to check my condition. Appropriate tests with interesting names have been taken to bring balance to the system of my bodily functions. Medications might be changed to accomplish such a balance, and then followed up with another test.
I was sent for a new test at a medical centre that housed clinics and doctors on two floors of a large building.
So as not to be missed, a large sign with large print was clearly placed outside the building. The sign offered help by professionals with different skills: trauma needs to be addressed, emotional needs dealt with, physical fitness looked after, eyesight checked, ears examined. If one doctor was not able to do some specific counselling, another doctor would be able to. Help was available for those who sought it.
The waiting room provided a place to calm down, to relax, and to take a deep breath. Waiting rooms see a steady flow of need, and the needs are all different. For some, to seek for help looked like routine in a day, but to many, it was not routine. Many got immediate help, but others required long-term, painstaking patience.
As I left with a prescription in hand for a stronger dose of medicine, my thoughts led to comparing the matter to God's Word, and how we need to be given a stronger amount of His medicine for our soul and spiritual well-being. We might have deprived our inner self of that strong dose of God's Word for our spiritual health. God's good will is for us to love Him, to seek more in His Word so as to be counselled to upright life, and to take our medication as corrective power and discipline so as to be heading towards God's will for us.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, You have made us and given us life. Often we make up what we want, not seeking Your way and will for us. Forgive us and have mercy. May we gladly take the discipline and correction needed for us to be Your people of faith. May we seek counsel and wisdom in Your Word, and take it regularly and faithfully. Help us to see our need of You in life and in death. May we share Jesus' suffering, becoming like him in His death, that we may also share in His resurrection. This we pray for His sake, God the Son, who was crucified, dead, and buried, and who rose again and lives with You, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Praise and glory be to our God! Alleluia! Amen!