Besides being rooted and grounded in faith, I think an attitude of gratitude is most important. I found that to be very true throughout this whole healing process. Because this all came about in such an unusual, unexpected way, it could’ve been very easy to fall into that attitude of asking – “why did this happen to me? Millions of other people have used that same antibiotic with no problems. All I wanted to do was take the best care of my teeth and gums and then this happened!”
I could ask “why” all day long – but what would that accomplish? I heard a teaching years ago by Joyce Meyer where she said she used constantly ask “Why, God, why?” and “When, God, when?” She said that kept her in a state of constant anxiety. I had a few people ask me if I was angry about why this happened and I have to say I have intentionally made the decision not to ask why. I don’t know why this happened to me and there is no one on earth who can tell me why. So wasting my precious time and energy on that question makes no sense to me. Besides, it won’t change the outcome – it still happened. I know God didn’t cause it but I believed if He allowed it, He would bring great good from it and He has.
I prefer to look at all the ways God protected me from something much worse throughout the whole thing and focus on gratitude. From a health standpoint, gratitude activates your parasympathetic nervous system (the system of healing and restoration) most powerfully. So besides helping my physical body to heal more quickly, I believe it pleases God. The Bible tells us God inhabits the praises of His people and when I am full of gratitude and praise Him for bringing me through, He is right here with me! That’s so much better than knowing why.
Do you find yourself stuck on wanting to know why? How does that affect you?
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Oh Ann, this particular post was so timely for me. Thank you for sharing your view on this. It is a helpful one. I tend to always ask why. And many times when you are in a difficult situation, even if you understood why it doesn’t make you any more accepting of it or make the situation easier. Your case was a perfect one to use as an example. Thanks again for sharing. I get so much out of your blog.
Oh Marcy thank you. I so appreciate your support.
Definitely! But i know it doesn’t help me. I agree that focusing on how God intervened and blessed me is much more helpful.
Have a Victorious Day! Marianne
Sent via phone so please excuse typos and brevity.
Not always easy to do – but definitely more constructive.
Ann, I think human errors or my mistakes are the hardest for me to let go of. But holding on to them does no good. Like you, I have to trust God is bigger and allowed it for His glory and my good. The Apostle Paul said the suffering he endured here was contributing to the glory he’d experience in heaven. Wow. Now that puts a new spin on pain!
It sure does, Debbie!