Don’t grow older or get sick. When my kids were younger my husband would always tell them that they weren’t allowed to get any older on their birthdays. We didn’t find a way to keep them young and I haven’t found a way to stop myself from getting older either. Guess I would be rich if I had found that fountain of youth.
The older we get, the more aches and pains and ailments arise. I first noticed it years ago when I started needing to use reading glasses in order to thread a needle or to read something. I don’t remember after that what order things started happening in (guess that’s another sign of aging) but at some point getting up off the floor was harder than I remembered. Going down the stairs first thing in the morning before the joints are oiled is an awkward task. I look forward to going to bed earlier and earlier and the list goes on. Now I’m at the point where each new ache or pain makes me wonder if it’s just due to gradual aging or if there’s something wrong.
I use to have just the basic doctors…my primary and my gynecologist. At some point an endocrinologist and a cardiologist got thrown in the mix. Over the past year I added a surgeon, an oncologist, and a radiologist. I have one week off from work later this month. Guess what I have lined up while I am off? A trip to Bermuda? I wish. Instead I get to take a “trip” that involves fun activities such as a breast MRI, a root canal, a Pap smear, an echo-cardiogram, a Herceptin infusion, and a thyroid ultrasound and I’m a relatively healthy person. I can’t imagine what my week would look like if I was older or sick.
It seems medical life use to be easier when I was younger. I only had two doctors and would go to one or the other depending upon what was happening. Now I have many specialists. Although there appears to be some overlap they each need to see me for different reasons. When I saw my oncologist this week I asked her how I’m supposed to coordinate seeing all of them and who was I supposed to put down to have what reports sent to? It can get pretty confusing.
I am happy to report that there is ONE specialist who specializes in everything and meets all our needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV) He is the Great Physician and a healer and a worker of miracles. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” Matthew 9:35 (NIV) “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well.” James :14-15 (NLT) He is concerned about every aspect of your life and knows everything about you without even ordering any tests. “You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.” Psalm 139:15 (Message) You don’t need a referral in order to see him. There is no co-pay. There is no wait. His office hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” Ephesians 2:18 (NLT) He accepts all insurance plans and those without insurance because he shows no partiality. “God, your God, is the God of all gods, he’s the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing that they get food and clothing.” Deuteonomy 10:17-18 (Message) Now that’s quite a special specialist!