When my Parkinson’s started to present itself in undeniable ways, one of the symptoms was RLS, otherwise known as Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS is a condition that can manifest itself in others who don’t necessarily have Parkinson’s and yet, both groups can find it quite annoying.
RLS makes your legs feel tingly and jumpy – restless, like its name. You feel like your nerves are going to jump right out of your lower limbs and you find yourself walking in circles to get it to stop.
RLS reminds me of Psalm 37, where David talks about being patient and trusting the Lord. When we grow restless and aren’t trusting, we tend to take matters into our own hands and fix things. David learned a better way – to trust God and in doing so, found rest – the opposite of being restless. He had learned to dwell where he was and enjoy God there. He was able to delight in the Lord because his focus was vertical and not horizontal.
It took patience - being still and waiting on God, virtues quite different from restlessness. The remedy for this in the spiritual realm is trusting. Trusting in a God who promises to give us the desires of our heart when we find delight in Him. And when God makes a promise, He will do it. Our prescription? Trust. Being still and waiting. The restlessness ceases and peace comes. And, isn’t that better?
Are you restless about something and haven’t trusted God to come through? Give it over to Him now and claim Psalm 37 and then wait patiently for Him to do it.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:3-7a NIV