06 Apr Oh Sickness, You Weren’t Invited
Oh Sickness, You Weren’t Invited
“Lord, my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.”
Psalm 30:2 NIV
In the spring of 2015, I started experiencing muscle pains. They were unexplained and inconsistent. I’m not one to pop pills when I feel any type of pain. I usually wait until it’s unbearable. You can imagine my pain when I began taking 1000 mg of pain reliever for what I was feeling. There came a point where I was crying myself to sleep from this horrid pain. My husband encouraged me to make a doctor’s appointment. In short, I was referred to a rheumatologist. They took blood work, noticed my inflammation levels were very high and prescribed me medication given to individuals with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. However, I did not have a name for what I was experiencing. All the test results came back negative for any muscle-related disease. Instead, I was told I was in the very beginning stages of an autoimmune disease and my body was attacking itself. I took only one pill of that medication. I’ll spare you the gross details of its effects. So, I threw the rest of the medicine in the trash.
Getting sick with an almost 1 year-old chunky baby and a preschooler was difficult. There were times I could not hold my own baby because one limb or another was immovable and in excruciating pain. I had no answers and did not know what I could do to pinpoint the source of this. I began crying out to God. Yes, I asked for healing, but my prayer did not stop there. My prayer was, “Lord, I pray that You heal me. BUT, if this is something I must live with, please give me answers, at least.” Oh!!! I cannot stop telling you how good God is. No, I wasn’t healed. No, this journey hasn’t been easy. But, I received answers!
Personally, I believe walking down a path with no answers is worse than walking a path naked with an audience watching (Seriously). Answers shed light on situations. Not having an answer for a control freak like me was the ultimate worst-case scenario. But, God…He is so good. Shortly after my prayer, a pattern began to emerge. I noticed that I would experience muscle pains after eating foods containing wheat. I did a food elimination process and learned that gluten was the culprit. My official diagnosis is non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Ask me about the gluten challenge I was put on after 1 ½ year of being gluten free, that was so AWESOME (No, no it wasn’t).
I did not receive direct healing in the sense where now I can eat foods containing gluten. However, healing did come. After eliminating foods with gluten from my diet, my body began to heal. There were symptoms associated to gluten issues I had experienced for years and had no idea. I began to heal from these, as well. I was even able to lose all my pregnancy weight from my 2nd child, which had either been very stubborn in leaving or had to do with my sweet tooth. Hehe! I also began to learn so much more about health and what my body needed to be most effective.
Sometimes, healing doesn’t come in the form you expect it to. It didn’t for me. But, this journey brought out the best of me that may not have appeared if I had snapped my fingers and was completely well to have gluten again. See, there were symptoms since childhood. I had no idea because I did not know. Now, I know. Now, I’m a little smarter and a little wiser. And yes, these situations can bring out the best in us, even if they’re not fun to go through.
Maybe there are symptoms warning you of an issue. Maybe the issue has nothing to do with the physical. Maybe there is past hurt and wounds that are still open. Perhaps, you are going through something and would rather it be passed from you. That is definitely the easy and most welcomed route to take. But, maybe this is the way to target the source of your pain. And if you do not go through this journey, your pain can become debilitating. Don’t get stuck in this. Pray to God and He will heal you. You may be pleasantly surprised by how you come out at the end of this experience.