My sister, Sara, had major back surgery in March. A staph infection sent her back into the hospital three weeks later. She remains there today as her team of doctors wages war against the infection. Her team of prayer partners also wages war, taking her daily before God's throne. If you do not have a group of praying friends, find some...now! You will depend on them in the future.
Sara's bloodwork revealed surprising information. She is borderline malnourished. We work daily to get more protein into her system which is necessary to heal her incision. Over the years, for various reasons, she went without meals. The accumulative effect is a weakened body. As I prayed for her this morning, God reminded me how closely this resembles our spiritual life.
A regular prayer of mine is that God would "give me fresh bread" in order to feed others. On my own I have nothing to share that will bring sustaining life to anyone. Only God is the sustainer of life. But His life flowing through me and you will bring nourishment to depleted souls. When we neglect the food He willing provides, we become spiritually malnourished. As in the body, so in the spirit. Not only do we personally suffer, sadly those around us do as well. We have nothing to give.
Straight from WebMD we learn the symptoms of malnutrition. As you read a few I've listed, I hope you will not miss the similar effects of spiritual malnutrition.
- More susceptible to falls
- Changes in mood, such as becoming depressed.
- And I love this one: wounds take longer to heal
"Jesus replied to them, "I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]." John 6:35 AMP
We may have been weak, but now we are strong.
No longer susceptible to falls, we now possess the strength to walk upright and on His path.
Our wounds no longer infect and poison us within, they are healed.
A word on Feeding Others later this week. For all who pray for Sara, I thank you so much!
Together on the journey ~ Betty