“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31, 32)
“Chirrup, chirrup, chirrup.” “Is there a cricket in here?”
I combed my hair and listened while the large ventilation wall fan oscillated back and forth in the master bath. “How would a cricket get in here? How will it get out?!” Not being one to squish bugs, I prefer to release them outside or flush them down the toilet, whichever is more convenient at the time.
For the last four weeks, I have heard this chirrup and wondered where the little beggar was. And then yesterday, I turned on the fan to ventilate the shower steam from the mirror and heard it again. Dee casually walked by and said, “Found the cricket. It’s the fan motor.”
I have to say, I felt really dumb believing there was a real bug in my bathroom.
It reminded me of how I can be so easily led astray by the belief in a lie. That belief affects how I think and eventually behave. For example, “I am no good to anyone because I can’t work like I used to.” If I dwell on that thought for weeks, I am soon so depressed; I can barely get up in the morning! Jesus said the truth sets me free from those lies and so, when I start thinking of all I still can do, depression starts to fade. I can write, create art, and now, thanks to the new Nintendo Wii gaming system my son bought, I can bowl again!
I have decided that since this pain is with me for the rest of my life, I might as well work it in to my schedule instead of getting down about it. I’ll continue to focus my thoughts on what is true and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.
About the Author
Pastor Greg Harvey lives in Kansas City, Kansas with his wife Dee, their two teen sons and Dee’s Mom Margie. Greg manages chronic DDD while Dee deals with crippling RA. Greg’s book, “Finding God Faithful in Turbulent Times” is available and may be obtained by contacting Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org
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