Feeling Alone and Misunderstood on Your Health Journey
One of our heart’s greatest desires is to be understood and accepted. When others understand and accept us, we feel we have a place. We feel important. We feel significant.
Often we can feel these longings in the area of our health as well. We just want to know someone understands our struggles and that we are still accepted.
Sometimes we wish that someone would just say, “It’s okay to be who you are. It’s okay to have your body. It’s okay to not have all the answers.”
When diet plans seem to work for everyone else but us, when our schedules keep us so busy we hardly have time to sleep—much less work out, when we look at our not-so-favorite body parts and wonder why we were made this way…
We can take comfort in knowing that God knows.
He created your beautiful body for a specific purpose. He intentionally made you the way you are because your brand of beauty was needed in this world.
He sees you. He knows and accepts you.
But don’t just take my word for it.
This past week, I went to a prayer experience at my church. One of the activities was to reflect on selected passages of scripture. The first passage was Psalm 139:1-24. I don’t know that I’ve ever read it in the translation in which it was presented to us, but the words touched my heart in ways this passage never has before.
I’m sharing it in this translation with you here.
My challenge to you is to print out the passage below and then slowly read over it four times. Reading it out loud is pretty powerful. Mark down your thoughts in the margins. Circle and underline and highlight words that are significant to you.
Psalm 139:1-24 (NLT)
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. 5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! 7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. 9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! 19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! 20 They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. 21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? 22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
(Emphasis mine…I didn’t want you to miss out the goodness of these words!)
I hope you’ll save this passage and turn back to it when you feel alone and misunderstood.
You are deeply known…and accepted.
As in other areas of your life, put your health in His hands. Your body was created with intentionality and purpose.
P. S. I love supporting you on your health journey. If you have any specific health topics you’d love to hear more about, please drop me a note or comment below!