Worshipping the Porcelain Throne


That’s right…I had the flu this past week. I don’t care how cool you are—when the flu bug bites you, you are humbled. Body aches, nausea and of course a short (or extended stay) in upchuck city!

I am a victim, not a volunteer. I got the flu shot. I frequently wash my hands and when there are sick people around, I to keep my distance, and wash the hands a little more. I do what I can, but it is a fallen world, and I once again fell to my knees and obeyed its calling. Although I work to stay healthy, exercise, take the vitamins, pray and sleep as much as I can, I was once again blindsided by a bug.

Since I am totally private sector now, it cost me some money to get sick. I had to cancel several appointments. Oh, the good old days when I used to feed off the public trough! When I worked for the county, clinic or school district, I used to get a sick day a month. I rarely used it, but it was nice to get sick and not have to pay, both physically and fiscally. I used to puke and get paid for it! Those were the good ol’ days! When I get sick, it not only costs me my well-being but also being well-paid!

Although my gastrointestinal system collapsed, my financial system is stable. I am a good steward of my money and I can withstand most sickness storms in life. Although I was in a poor physical state, there was no pity party. I have a lot of gratitude for my health and economic well-being. I am grateful to God and for living in a great country. The flu-inspired set-back reminds me of how precious health is, and how fortunate I am to still have the ability to do many things as I begin my 7th decade on the third rock from the sun. On any given day, we are only one stroke away from death, disability, financial ruin or severe life disturbance.

Although I briefly spent time at the porcelain throne, I try to spend time every day at the throne of Jesus, the King of King and Lord of Lords, from whom all, (especially health) blessings flow!