We often get plenty
of chances to hear the messages our body and our
spirit is telling us.
I am reminded of the story of
the man with flood that is coming to town. One
man decided that since he was a religious man,
God would save him. Soon the water started rising
and coming into his house. But when a neighbor
came by with a car to offer to take him to safety,
he refused help by saying, “I am a religious
man. God will save me!” The water kept rising
and by now the man was standing on his roof. Just
then a boat came by to take him to safety. But
once again he refused by saying, “I am a
religious man and God will save me!” By
the time the water was up to his neck, helicopter
came by to pick him and take him to safety. But
once again, he refused by saying, “I am
a religious man and God will save me!” Well,
unfortunately that man drowned. When he got to
heaven and saw God, in a huff, he demanded to
hear from God. “God, I am a religious man.
I thought you were going to save me! What happened?”
God replied, “What do you mean? I sent you
a car, a boat and a helicopter!”
When we live with chronic
pain, we are ignoring our body’s message.
Something is wrong. Something needs to be fixed.
How long are you willing to let that pain exist
and speak to you before you finally get the point?
Do you kill the messenger by simply taking a pain
Whether it is with physical pain,
repetitive behavioral patterns, or poor relationship
choices, when we are making choices to ignore
messages of the body, the mind, or the spirit;
we are choosing not to learn now what we need
to learn to grow. We are like a hamster stuck
on the wheel. At some point, at some time, we
will be ready to step off, learn the lesson, and
start a new path of growth.