I waited for both issues to resolve themselves and, as is my habit, I waited a long time.
All men know that if you ignore discomfort long enough it will go away on it’s own.
I finally decided to go see my chiropractor, who is a healer with unmatched skill.
Due to my idiotic delay in visiting her, I’ve had to see her every week for the last couple of months.
It took a while to dig this hole, and it’s taking a while to climb out.
This would be unworthy of writing about except for an observation she made.
The problem started with my posture, she said…I was walking about hunched over with my shoulders directed down and in as if I were closing in on myself.
“You’re protecting your heart”…
The words sounded like they came from Sinai…
Subconsciously, the stress of walking around with an aneurysm and a bad valve was causing me to try to “protect” that organ from any more issues.
It wasn’t just the physical problems with my heart…I’d been dealing with a barrage of emotional stressors as well.
I’d closed in on myself and closed off from the dangerous world around me.
In doing so, I’d created a host of other issues.
Trying to protect myself had led to hurting myself.
First, realize what I was doing.
Then, open up, throw those shoulders back, and see the doctor on a regular basis.
That was an easy physical prescription to fill…not so easy emotionally.
Sometimes, when we go through times of prolonged stress we close in and close off everyone…including God.
When we do so we may protect one area, but everything else will be affected…and not in a good way.
The pain simply transfers from one place to another.
To get well we have to take that risk and open up…to others and especially to God.
We have to change our posture from focusing inward to focusing outward to Him.
Sometimes, you’ll need a great chiropractor and the Great Physician working together.
It’ll take time…and you’ll have to trust Him to protect you.
Make your own application…