There are many kinds of medicine for the soul that our Creator sent us: music, laughter, friendships, children, art, nature, forgiveness, thankfulness, God’s word, trust in him… all these things have healing powers.
One of my most beloved medicines is snuggling with my babies, watching them grow, discover, and learn. Everything stale becomes fresh again. My heart is lifted up hearing their giggles.
Music is another one of my favorite medicines. He didn’t just give us ears to hear music. No! More than that, he gave us voices, instruments, veins, breath, bones, spirit, and everything it takes to feel and make music.
Take a moment to try to imagine God’s voice singing. In the bible it says, “He will rejoice over you with singing.” Does God, in all his perfection, ever, EVER hit a sour note or have to clear his throat, or get too screechy singing the star spangled banner? (Not many can make that song sound good). It must be such a beautiful voice that your bones would just shatter, or you’d melt, or drown in tears of joy.
If that isn’t proof enough that he loves you, consider this: He didn’t just make beauty; he gave us the ability to PERCEIVE beauty, and eyes to behold it. He gave us taste buds, and he could’ve made everything taste like doggie doodles! But instead he made strawberries, watermelon, and chocolate. Sorta.
That’s something to think about, isn’t it?
Keeping your thought life healthy is important if you want to go in the right direction.
“My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them, and health to a man’s whole body.” —Proverbs 4:20-24
“…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” —Phillipians 4:8
I cant think myself into a deep, dark hole if I don’t watch out. It actually starts to make me physically ill the more I allow mental/emotional illness to continue. It’s important to “take every thought captive…” if you want to survive.
If you’re feeling low, getting out in the sunshine can give a much needed boost. Don’t underestimate it. Even just changing your surroundings can be good medicine.
Let’s not forget the value of exercise. Not only is physical activity good for your body, it will help revitalize your soul.
Sometimes all it takes to be refreshed is a change in perspective. Whatever it is, look at it from a different angle. Ask someone else what it looks like to them. Step back for a moment, and then look at it again. Look at it from a distance. Examine it more closely. Wait till you calm down, for Pete’s sake! Wait till you get a good night’s sleep. Hurry up and look before it passes you by. Whatever you didn’t do yet, try it.
Have you ever been driving up a road you’ve traveled a bazillion times, full speed ahead, focused on your destination, then, for no apparent reason, you shift your eyes to the left or right and see something you never noticed before? Or instead of looking at your feet as you walk along, you decide to stop and stare at a cloud formation or enjoy the birds flying overhead, or greet people passing by.
All I’m saying is: sometimes things change because you change the way you’re looking at them. Perspective often changes as you mature, but sometimes it’s a matter of choice.