Man, I thought for sure I was going to escape illness this Christmas.
I usually get sick because I work too hard, don't take enough time off or stay up too late. I thought I had passed through the holiday fire unscathed. While I watched person after person get picked off with illness this fall, I stayed healthy. Until now.
This morning when I woke up, my voice was several thousand feet below its usual elevation, and when I finished the final service, I was ready to go to bed (sorry if I talked to you today and looked like I was paying zero attention. I kind of wasn't. My brain resembled fried bananas.)
I keep thinking I can beat the system. Nope. Natural law – don't get enough sleep and go too hard – pay for it. I've been pretty good at staying in balance, but the last two months I've pushed the limits.
So today I'm thinking of 2 Chronicles 36.20-21. God had earlier told his people to rest…even to give the land rest. They ignored him. So he shut down their nation for 70 years. One way or another, rest happened.
God kind of gives us a choice. You choose to do limit yourself voluntarily on the front end, or the limits will come involuntarily on the back end.
Lesson learned. Again.
Think I'll go to be early tonight.