What's In Your Spiritual First Aid Kit?
In Sunday school last week we discussed Psalm 84 and how we keep ourselves, "heavenly minded" when times are tough. At the end I offered up a short article with some great wisdom for how to practically handle our dark times in a God-honoring way. Sometimes I refer to a spiritual utility belt. The image in the article I gave out was that of a spiritual first-aid kit. Either way, the idea is that there's rarely one thing that treats our spiritual afflictions. Usually, it's many different things. Here's a sample of the article, followed by a link to the whole thing. Enjoy!
"As I struggle through some ongoing health problems and simply journey through life in a broken world, I find [spiritual] emergencies arise on a regular basis. I expect you’ve encountered them too, those times when you’re burdened by sorrow or perhaps even overwhelmed by it.
I know I’m going through one of these times when it seems borderline impossible to open the Bible in the morning according to my regular routine, to find a passage, to focus my eyes on the words, to hold my mind steady long enough to read them, and to engage my mind and heart to the degree I gain even the least comfort or benefit from them. At the same time I find it hard to pray. It’s like the words just aren’t there and won’t come. Yet I know that these are the things I need most—to continue to hear from God and speak to God even in my sorrow.
This is where I’ve learned it’s important to have a spiritual first aid kid, of sorts. Let me tell you how I stock mine.