Chicken Soup for a Cold
At the beginning of the year, I froze containers of homemade chicken soup for rainy winter days. I dipped into my stash last weekend when a head cold flattened me for several days. What is it about hot chicken soup that comforts a cold…and a soul?
I have not had a cold or the flu for four years. I forgot the cumbersome feeling that nasty bug brings. Breathing becomes a chore. There are never enough tissues in the house. Essential oils diffuse the air like a chamber of Eucalyptus mist. Cherry cough drops soothe the throat and herbal teas bring healing relief. Low energy, chapped nose, sneezing and post nasal drip wipe out each day’s “to do” list.
My bedroom turned into a weekend retreat. I read a lot. My brother recently sent me Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, Is This The End?
Blog post after blog post filled me with inspiration, encouragement and laughter. I can only hope my opinionated comments made sense. If not, let’s blame it on my stuffy head!
Outside, the weather looked like it suffered a cold, too. A Pacific Coast storm drenched California and passed through our state creating drops of humidity, soaking rain and occasional cloud bursts all weekend long. My darkened room and the ominous outdoors reflected the way I felt inside.
I pictured my white blood cells fighting infection healing and restoring my body as I quietly rested.
Now for the Spiritual…
I hear a similar call to rest in Scripture.
I don’t always like to trust God with weightier worries after I give them to Him in prayer. Yet He reminds me not to get ahead of Him and to take my hands off the details. His instruction is clear. Back off; rest because He’s got it.
But Moses told the people,
“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still
And watch the Lord rescue you today.
The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again
The Lord himself will fight for you.
Just stay calm.”
Exodus 14: 13-14
Have you made it through the season without getting sick? Are you good at resting?