Mark 5:25, 26 - And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
“A chew! A chew! Oh dear. I think a cold may be coming on. I’d better take some vitamin C and get to bed early tonight.”
A common cold can be easily treated at home. But what if the cold hangs on and it goes into your chest and you develop a deep cough? Or, what if you develop a fever? These may be signs of more than a cold. You could be looking at the start of bronchitis or pneumonia. And if the flu keeps hitting you over and over, it could be that your immune system is failing to fight off infections and you’ve developed a chronic illness.
In my previous post, I talked about the difference between acute and chronic pain. Some of the same principles I wrote about also apply to a chronic illness.
Evaluating your symptoms with both pain and illness is important. You need to know when it’s time to see a doctor, or if you can you take care of yourself at home. Remember, though, that it never hurts to check in with your doctor.
Select the link below to learn about some suggestions as to when it's time to see a doctor.
The Bible verses above give us a bird’s eye view of a woman who had suffered from a chronic illness for twelve years. She had seen a multitude of doctors with no results. But the story doesn’t stop there. The woman sought out the one person she believed could help her—Jesus. With just one touch of his robe the woman was healed.
God many times just heals us. And other times he uses doctors to help our bodies heal.
But what if you see your doctor, believe that God can use him to heal you, and nothing happens? So you pray some more and ask others to do so. And still nothing happens. I’ve been in this situation many times. It truly does test my faith. But I also need to look at it in the long run. I must be ready to accept that this may be something I’m going to have to live with. Yet, there can still be a purpose to my illness. I just can’t see it right now.
Hang on, dear friend. Jesus will never let go of you and he is always by your side through all of your illnesses.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.