2013 has been a challenging year with anxiety caused bygovernment sequestration and shutdown, and a hotly debated change in our health care system looming on the horizon, withObamacare. People have flocked to the website to sign on toObamacare despite all the glitches and frustrations of the plan and its implementation. It is quite apparent that people are concerned about their physical health and are flocking to a less than perfect system that offers the hope of receiving good care to maintain their physical health. Some see hope in Obamacare, while others may be frustrated with the difficulty or inability to enroll. Some may have spent countless hours to make sure they are covered, with a sense of urgency.
All this frenzy over enrolling in Obamacare got me thinking. Here is a plan that offers to take care of one’s physical health, but there is a price to pay for it, and people are willing to pay it, with resources of time and money. The reality of what one will get in return remains to be seen. Yet, how many of us are willing to invest such time and money to safeguard our spiritual health? Christ offers us a plan to ensure our spiritual health at little cost to us. There is a price to pay, but He has paid it Himself. We have just celebrated Christmas, to commemorate the birth of a Savior, who with His life brought the hope of eternal life for us in Him. He calls us to cast our cares and anxiety upon Him, and be yoked with Him, making our burden light. He offers us joy, and a peace that surpasses all understanding, and yet we celebrate the day of His birth, focused on the material gifts that lose their fascination faster than the packages can be opened. We choose to invest in man-proposed insurance plans, whether it be for health, life or accidents, and often at a great price, putting our faith in them to gain peace of mind. Yet we fail to recognize the extent of hope and peace we are promised, if only we would focus on our spiritual health. Those promises are everlasting, promises from a God who is unchanging and everlasting Himself.
The reality we fail to recognize is, that with spiritual health we also gain physical and mental health. If more of us focused on investing in maintaining our spiritual health, we would have less need of physical and mental health care. The problem is not that we don’t want to have joy and peace and good health. The problem is that we are looking for it in all the wrong places, and we want it NOW! We have embraced a culture that seeks immediate gratification. We are unwilling to wait for the good things in life. God offers us all the good things, but the timing is in His hands. Abraham and Sarah had to wait a long time, for the son promised to them. So must we wait, believing and trusting in the promises of One who seeks to bless us with all good things in this world and the next. As we usher in the New Year, may we resolve to invest our all in securing the blessings of spiritual health and well-being, and embracing the promises of a God who truly loves us and provides for all the care we may need – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 peter. 5:7). Happy New Year and God bless.