The Beauty of a Made Bed

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       “…For we walk by faith, not by sight”— 2 Corinthians 5:7

My legs were heavy as lead. My body felt as if it had weights attached to every muscle group. Breathing became more and more of an effort. It was not my first time experiencing these symptoms, and I knew it was time to get to the ER due to a myasthenia gravis flare-up, yet I was the only one at home. I began calling different friends who lived near me, but every single call went to voicemail. My husband was miles away in Ohio performing a funeral for his dear aunt. I thought to myself, should I call an ambulance? I didn’t want to! I prayed one more time and thought of my 16-year-old son, just down the road, working at Zaxby’s. I called his manager and told her I was having a medical emergency and needed my son to take me to the nearby ER. I bumped my way down the stairs in a sitting position, one step at a time. Joey quickly made it home and helped me into the car, and delivered me safe and sound to the ER. I assured him he could leave me to the professionals, and get himself back to work.

It wasn’t long before I was in a room receiving my IVIG treatments. Many were praying that this would be effectual to my healing or going back into remission.

A week later I was back in bed with muscle weakness, then back to the ER to try a plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) treatment at the recommendation of my neurologist.

The following is what I wrote in a previous blog:

 “After 16 years of living with myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disease), I long for physical healing. This last hospital stay was for five days of plasmapheresis (plasma exchange). Polluted antibodies were removed, and replaced with fresh plasma. I picture the Holy Spirit coming in and removing my sin and replacing it with more of Himself. May I long more for the table He sets before me. The wine representing His cleansing blood, cleansing mine. The bread His body, broken for me, that I might be whole. By His stripes, I am healed, in this life or the next!”

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I felt much better after the plasmapheresis. I began to enjoy the beauty of a made bed again! Those with a chronic illness know what a privilege it is to get up and make the bed, rather than spend the day in it.

My friends, I continue to learn more and more about “walking by faith and not by sight.” I feel my mind and body are being renewed yet I don’t always see it. I continue to experience “unmade bed” days. Days where walking to the restroom seems like climbing Mt. Everest, only much warmer 🙂

I long to SEE my body strong, and my bed made, every day. Please pray I will find joy in walking by FAITH instead.

 “While we are waiting, God is working.” (Pastor Michael Youssef)

What about you? Are you willing to stand on God’s promises and “walk by faith, not by sight?”

17 thoughts on “The Beauty of a Made Bed

  1. Sheila Edeliant

    Oh, yes, the made-bed days are beautiful! Not what I expected from the title of the post, but I totally get it. And I like the quote you ended with: “While we are waiting, God is working.” Ever noticed how what God is working on at the moment is not always what we expect, either? I am after physical strength; He sees spiritual strength as needing more urgent attention… sometimes. ❤

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  2. gayidle

    Praying for healing for you sweet friend…even as I pray that God will continue to hold you in the weak and hard times. Thanks for your continued encouragement as you share your beautiful faith journey.

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  3. Karen

    This is a great post on gratitude! We tend to take things for granted so often and don’t appreciate things until we don’t have them. I’m going to remember your story when I make my bed! Thank you!

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  4. Cynthia Giles

    I can relate and we have to keep our hope and faith. I try to believe in the “suddenlys” of life. That no matter how long a pain or problem persists, God can turn it around at any moment. At any day, things can change. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. Melanie S. Pickett

    I’m so sorry you struggle with this! I can relate because I too have an autoimmune disease, Crohn’s disease. It’s a daily battle and fatigue is a major part of it. I completely understand the loveliness of a made bed! I pray the treatments have or will soon put you into remission so every day is a “made-bed” day.

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  6. Jeannie Pallett

    its sorry I am Cheryl that you have been going through all this, but your picture of the table is so vital! By His stripes you are healed NOW and I pray you will grow stronger every day.

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