Trusting God When Your Health Is Not Good
Anyone who is currently dealing with or has dealt with thyroid symptoms knows that your health can be great in the morning and take a drastic turn and be not good only a few hours later. Often the symptoms will pass within a few hours or days. However, there are times when the symptoms will last for weeks or months. For some, it will last for even years.
How do we trust God during these times? How do we trust God when our health is not good? I said “we” because I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and Grave’s Disease. Many of you know exactly what this means. The symptoms are all over the place. My weight is like a rollercoaster. I have weighed 170 pounds. I have also weighed 120 pounds; my average weight is 135 pounds. My hair has fallen out and broken off in chunks. My body parts have swollen to points of uncomfortable tightness. My bones have ached and hurt to the point that medicine would give no relief. My nails have gone from super strong and long to short, soft and brittle. My energy level has gone from nothing can stop me. Going from having the energy, speed, and stamina of Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, and Jesse Quick to barely being able to walk from my bathroom to my bed or kitchen. Our thyroid symptoms are nothing to take lightly. Many people will not understand because the symptoms mimic so many other ailments; however, our symptoms are real.
How did I get through my last episode, which was a storm? The only answer is God. Because I lost weight so swiftly, some thought I had a terminal condition. Those types of negative thought will affect you mentally. You are already struggling physically, and you must decide what to do. Therefore, your only answer is spiritual.There were many times that I tried to read my Bible. However, my body hurt so bad and my mind was not willing to concentrate. I would have to depend on what I already knew and had in my heart.
I have taken your words to heart so I would not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 NCV
My advice to those affected, on your good days, bombard yourself with the Word of God, the things of God and the positive people of God so that when the storm comes, you can draw on it and from it. Take this time to over indulge.
After totally surrounding yourself with the things of God, you have to surround yourself with the people you can depend on the most. For me, those people are my family. I also had some close friends I could depend on. My husband was my rock. He would not leave my side. He was annoying at times because he was always checking on me (day and night). But that was because of his love for me; he cared that much. And even took off work to be with me when I was stubborn. My kids were constantly checking and giving health tips to me. I had a support system that helped me during this time. A few great friends were also available to help when needed.
When a storm comes, you have to go through it. A thyroid storm is a storm. To make it, I stood on these promises of God. You have to kindle and rekindle all of your faith, hope, and belief in our Lord and Savior.
One of God’s benefits is healing. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:1-3 NKJVGod will restore your health. For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”‘ Jeremiah 30:17 NKJVFear is not of God. Rebuke it! For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
A storm generally demolishes, destroys, kills and is forceful and violent. Unfortunately, we know that the thyroid disorder can potentially do the same. However, this does not have to be our outcome if we take these steps.
Preparation – take your medication consistently, keep your lab and doctor appointments, be aware of changes in your body and react immediately
Clear the path – get help immediately, try to identify what changed, clear away all stress and unnecessary activities, get plenty of rest and wholesome food
Prepare for the clear path – slowly begin to reintroduce activities back in your life, set realistic priorities, take care of yourself spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally
For more information regarding a thyroid storm. Please check out the companion article Hyperthyroidism: Thyroid Storm.