Chronic illness brings about quite a few issues. Diagnosis, alone, can be unbearable, and many issues can ensue. New symptoms occur almost daily, and the need for rest can be great.
The LORD has seen fit to allow me to live with a rare, life threatening disease, called Addison’s Disease; otherwise known as adrenal insufficiency. Without going into all of the science behind it, let me just say that it can bring about different things on different days. On a daily basis, I never know what I’m going to wake up to… except for fatigue and pain… different levels for different days.
One of the major symptoms of this disease is extreme fatigue. Not tiredness. Not sleepiness. I’m talking exhaustion unexplainable. And unless you can get your medications regulated, you can, and often do, have a most difficult time acquiring a good and generous quality of life.
I have tweaked my perspective on this a bit, and have allowed myself to change my mindset. Rather than feeling useless, irrelevant, lazy, and the such, I choose to consider this time of bedridden*ness to be the Lord’s way of telling me that it is time to rest. Not only my body, but my soul and spirit. Now, don’t get me wrong… I can, and still do, have some issues with feeling inadequate on these days, but He assures me that I am still enough, and that this is all a part of His grander plan…
I just love Him for that!
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.