Have you ever had something bad happen to you but in the end, became a blessing in disguise? We may all have had such occurrences that we just chock up to a “happy accident” or perhaps a strange coincidence. Such was the case in a rather recent adventure I’ve been on.
Somehow, sometime around two months ago, I injured my lower back. Who knows how I did it but my lower back suddenly screamed for attention and was relentless in getting its’ own way. I made an appointment with the doctor and he said basically to “take it easy” and if it got worse, he would prescribe something for the pain. I went home wishing I could put the doctor in a little pain. Finding my medical professional to be less than helpful, I thought I would try a different approach and asked my daughter if she knew a good chiropractor in the area. After polling her friends, she gave me a couple of suggestions and I landed on one that seemed to be pretty reputable. Having no prior experience with a chiropractor, I knew this would be a memorable experience.
I went for my first appointment where they poked, prodded, measured and x-rayed this not so perfect specimen of a body and announced they could help me with the pain along with my out of alignment situation and a few other “since you are getter older” scenarios. The next appointment, the chiropractor began the vertebrae manipulations along with electrical stimulation for the back. After about a week, the lower back started to feel better; after two weeks, something else started going on.
One of the areas he was working on was the C2 vertebra that was a little kinked. During every visit as a course of treatment, he would have me lie on my back while he maneuvered my neck followed by a quick pause and a subsequent cracking sound as he jerked my neck this way or that. (I still subconsciously check my extremities for paralysis after that manipulation).
I have been totally deaf on my right side for the past fifteen years due to Meniere’s disease which I mentioned in my blog post, “Sshhh…Listen”. A couple of weeks after the neck manipulations began, I noticed when I used a cotton swab in my right ear there was a slight sensory response. I didn’t think anything about it until it became more pronounced the next time and I also thought I could hear a little something from time to time. It got to the point where I was convinced I could actually start hearing a little from my right ear and made an appointment for a hearing test. Sure enough, I was at fifty-two percent or better and eligible for a hearing aid to make up the difference. You see, my auditory nerves were in a dormant state until the vertebrae manipulations began to stimulate the nerves and made them active once again! WOW, talk about a two-fer! I had a sound back AND my hearing restored?! All it took was the right stimulation to awaken what I thought was permanently dead!
This experience made me think about our spiritual lives. So many people today are walking around either spiritually dead or sleep walking while wasting the time God has given them to be the best for Him. And instead of Meniere’s disease causing their deafness, it is sin in their lives that deadens the sound of His “still small voice”. We get so caught up in our own wants that we block out anything or anyone else that goes against our wishes. So what do we do? What kind of stimulus do we need to wake us up from this ungodly slumber we seem to be in? I have an idea; open your eyes and look all around you! We are living in the last days folks and all you have to do is turn on the news to see what’s going on. This world and our country are in a complete political and social upheaval. Recently, there was even news of an after school program called “Satan Club” aimed at elementary aged children and teaches freedom and fun as an alternative to Christian superstition and paranoia. Does this sound any alarms to you?
Isn’t it time we stop playing church and be the church, set apart to be God’s people not entertainers? Shouldn’t we be used by God as tools to proclaim the gospel as it actually is reflected in the bible instead of dictating to what people think they want to hear? Yep, I’m sounding kind of preachy but I think we will be held accountable for taking the non-offensive approach to the gospel instead of doing what is right. By the way, on August 17th I get my hearing aid so I can once again hear life in the full and in stereo! Isn’t it time to awaken from your slumber so YOU can fully hear what God has in store for you?
Mark 4:9 (NASB) — And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Revelation 3:1-3 (NIV) — To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.