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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