I've been trying for the past few days to find my daily dose of Spiritual medicine to take. I don't know if it's the jet lag, my daughter's upper respiratory infection, my "from the marrow of my bones" weariness or the fact that my husband is working 2nd shift right now (great for me because I get to visit with him all morning - probably not so great for God because that's generally the time I spend with Him!), but nothing has been coming through. I cannot find the remedy for this week.
My last few days of devotional reading and prayer time have clearly been directed toward people in my life with whom I have been communicating...about fulfillment, work/life balance, health, relationship with God, financial hardship, anxiety. As I've continued to read, I've been reflecting, "Look, God, you should really pass this message along to "so and so." It's more for them than for me. Could we get back to my direction at some point? I'm waiting for Your word."
I find that prayers of thanksgiving are the most soothing balm, even and especially for hardships. As James 1:2-3 says, "Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." So each day I pray, "Lord, thank you for this trial. Thank you for the opportunity to draw closer to You through the need to lean on You in all things." Or something to that effect...
My spiritual medicine has been swallowed and is ready to be poured out for others. Thank God the only side-effects are grace, joy and peace in Him who cares for me. Praise the Lord and pass the castor oil!!