I ruptured my eardrum last month.
My travel schedule had been hectic- with numerous airline flights and several long drives over a 10 day period. My sinuses and the crazy schedule had taken their toll on my physical health. I was run down and tired.
And then it happened. I sneezed during a plane flight and it felt like my ear had exploded. I doubled over in pain and tried to regain my balance- as dizziness and nausea overtook me.
The next several weeks were filled with numerous visits to the doctor, rounds of antibiotics and forced rest. I struggled with balance issues and pain in my ear for an entire week.
Looking back- I could have taken care of this situation before it got so out of hand. I should have paid attention to my condition as it began to worsen and address the symptoms.
But I just kept pushing.
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. Proverbs 14:8
I often find myself pushing forward without taking time to examine what’s going on around me. The stress of work or the worries of life can keep me distracted.
My prayer life suffers and my Bible study is hindered. Other thoughts and activities dominate my mind and keep my from focusing on my walk with Jesus.
And then I experience a “rupturing” event that brings me to my knees. I realize that I’ve not been spending enough time developing my faith and my relationship with Christ.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
My prayer this week is to have better awareness of my walk with Jesus. I want to anticipate when I’m not focused or dedicated enough to prayer and study.
And please let me know how I may pray for you.