Sitting across from my Ear, Nose and Throat physician this week, I listened as he discussed my progress in restoring my balance. Whatever mysterious injury had led to an inner ear disorder, he was rejoicing with me that my brain has retrained itself enabling me to enjoy greatly improved health. As always, he patiently and thoroughly explained in terms I can understand,
“When babies are born they have no sense of balance. That’s why we see them flailing their limbs in the air, smashing their tiny fist against their cheek, or poking a finger in their eye. Because they don’t know any different, these things don’t cause them fear or anxiety unless it causes pain. As they learn to crawl and eventually walk, the tumbles and swaying are not worrisome to them. It is only as we get a little older that any imbalance or lightheadedness causes us to feel frightened.”
It seemed so simple and it made perfect sense! I had never thought of it quite like that before. Our brains are amazing organs that often confound and defy medical knowledge and science. Or course, I had to do my part – many months of therapy, both physically and psychologically, but I’m thankful my own body was able to heal itself over time. I personally know others who are not in the same favorable situation.
And although I realize the problem can reoccur at any time, I choose to live each day to the fullest, take advantage of new opportunities, and risk a little more. For me, this poses a different challenge – balancing my life!
I am a “do-er” and my life has always been a struggle to strike that balance and maintain it. When times are good and I’m feeling well, I give it 110%, maybe more…yes, much more.
So, after a few weeks of going “all out”…throwing myself into the women’s ministry I have come to cherish, providing meals for friends in need, making 65 bottles of preserves, traveling, keeping numerous appointments and lunch/coffee dates, and hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 11 people, on Wednesday afternoon I “crashed” with my kitty on my Lazy Boy recliner! I determined the next two days were “me” time and I’ve stuck to it.
I’ve learned to listen closely to my warning signals and get back to the basic principles that restore balance in my life…proper sleep, time for relaxation, healthy eating, moderate exercise, and hobbies…basic, but so vital to my overall health and well being.
And so it is with my spiritual health. I can become so absorbed in studying and researching spiritual truths and Scriptural doctrines that I can lose sight of the equally important application of these truths to my daily walk. I’m thankful for the newer Christians in my life who teach me how imperative it is to rejoice in the simplicity of the basics of our faith in Christ.
I know we are to “leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…” (Hebrews 6:1, NIV). However, being brought back periodically and reminded of these basic truths help to restore my spiritual balance. Sometimes I need a good “glass of the spiritual milk” of God’s Word to balance the “solid food”. In attempting to understand, I can overcomplicate things and forget what it is like to have the simple faith of a child.
So, this week I intend to look at things with more simplicity, to find pleasure in small details, and allow the balance to be relearned.
I will try to live out the words of Psalm 131:1-2, “…I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul…” (NIV)
Until next time,