During the last heat wave my feet started to swell up. At first I ignored it because I felt no pain and believed that eventually the swelling would dissipate. A week later, the swelling worsened and migrated up to my knees. My knees were like melons, so huge.
I began to be concerned and started researching online and discovered what the long term implications were. If my feet remained swollen they could be prone to infection or blood clots. I realized I had to take this a bit more seriously by following the treatment and preventative measures. I elevated my feet, drank more water and in lieu of the suggestion of increased walking, I moved my legs around to stimulate the circulation.
By taking these steps the swelling eventually lessened. In the future, I will need to be more conscientious and try to be proactive. I noticed that the swelling has started to return, which is not a big deal, I just need to be mindful. Perhaps it’s part of the aging process for me.
In Proverbs 3 we are familiar with verse 5 about trusting in the Lord and not solely relying on our own understanding. When you continue reading the text says, “Be not wise in your own eyes but fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
We need to take preventative measures with our bodies from infection, just as we need to be more conscientious of our soul’s wellbeing. As Proverbs 3 instructs it is imperative we stay connected to the Lord by honouring him and seeking His wisdom.
As we experience various seasons sometimes it can be a dry season where we feel distant from God. In this season, the feelings of emptiness, restlessness, numbness or frustration can set off internal alarms indicating that our spiritual well-being is not fully right with God. In these times there may be a tendency to ignore or avoid the negative emotion or thoughts. To preserve an intimate relationship we need to remove or alleviate roadblocks that might hinder us from not only experiencing God’s love but being healed.
Verse 7 of Proverbs 3 outlines the remedy in safeguarding our relationship with the Lord; to remain mindful and steadfast in seeking God’s wisdom. That in itself will bring healing and refreshment to our souls.
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”