I remember working in the hospital for years. When doctor’s came in to see patients, sometimes I was in the room. I remember very few doctors having great bedside manners. Not that they were all bad, but I rarely great ones. They would go in, give the patient an update about their condition, warn them of any obstacles they see ahead, and give direction as to what the patient should do next. They’d finish up each convo with; “any questions”?
The patient was usually old and often times alone, and would respond, “no questions, thank you doc”, and that was pretty much the end of the visit. If I was in the room, I’d often follow-up with, “hey, praying I'm everything goes well for you, and that you see brighter days”… we can’t have your pretty face around here for too much longer, you're distracting all of the staff”. (Most of the patients were elderly and it would get a laugh out of them) so we’d chuckle, and some of them would allow me to pray for them right there…
On my ride home, I’d reflect on my day, no music playing in the car, just silence.
I’d think, “I wonder what is going on in the head of the lady in Rm. 112 after the doctor left. I wonder if she's scared, lonely, confused, angry, are her thoughts racing because of her condition?” I’d gradually become angry because of the lack of bedside manner I saw in these doctors. Did they not care? Did they not understand that this was someone’s mother, daughter, grandma, auntie… etc. But then God reminded me, “you don’t have to be a doctor to give those patients what they need”… I was a bit confused by this still voice within me.
He said, you’re upset that they are not receiving bedside manner, but you’re there right? You can give them BEDSIDE MANNA! I saw this imagery of a table filled with thoughts in front of these patients. They had so many bad thoughts to choose from, worry, doubt, pain, fear, loneliness, fear, shame, guilt etc. He said, “GIVE THEM OPTIONS”. Show them that manna is available and they have the option of CHOOSING it, when times of trouble come.
For those who do not know what Manna is? In short, it was God’s provision to Israel when they were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. God never let them go hungry. So the same went for these patients, and the same goes for you and I today. When we are stuck in our beds for whatever reason: Depression, illness, pain, anxiety, or numbing out from the world etc.
We HAVE OPTIONS! And Jesus, God, Our Great Physician, has the BEST BEDSIDE MANNA I’ve ever seen in my life! And IT IS available to us in those times of need. So here I am giving you the same advice and permission I gave those patients in their time of need.
I know it’s hard, real hard… sometimes, to get your thoughts to stop racing during such a tragic time in your life. But I want you to know a couple of things that have helped me in my time of need, when my thoughts were getting the best of me because my body was “unable to busy itself and distract me from my pain at the time”.
Tell yourself to W.A.I.T. And ask, What Am I Thinking? Did you know we can think about what we're thinking about? If you see, that all you’re thinking about is the worst, or feel out of control because thoughts are flying by so quickly…
STOP. DROP. AND ROLL! Use your body to stop the thoughts. Meaning, clap your hands, shout STOP out loud, do what you need to do (with your body) to interrupt the thought. (it will abruptly stop... it's one of the coolest things about the mind-body connection) but then act fast going into the next step because now you need a new direction for your mind to focus on.
DROP! Start dropping all of the lies. Example: A lot of patients would start thinking about death, think about it, they were alone, fearful and regretting things they never got to do and now feels too late to di it etc. DROPPING - means taking all of those thoughts, 1 by 1 and saying, DROP, OUT LOUD! Why? Because in order to pick up TRUTH, we have to drop those LIES first! So for those patients, saying DROP - Im not dead, Im breathing, I’m alive. DROP - I’m not alone, this young lady is with me…etc. are you seeing my point?
So lets recap what you've done so far... you’ve Waited, understood what you’re thinking, You Stopped, those thoughts using your body, Dropped, those lies that the enemy was feeding you, and exchanged them for TRUE statements, meaning what's in front of you/in your life now!
... Ok, Now it's time to ROLL.
4. ROLL - Shower yourself with The Reality Of Life & Love in Christ.
What Does Your Real Reality Look Like? Your Life + Love In Christ!
I’m worth Jesus’ life. Therefore, I’m priceless and worthy. Even now I have purpose. (Luke 12:6-7)
I’m God’s precious daughter and He delights in being my Father. (Galatians 3:26)
I’m connected to Jesus and He sustains my life. (John 15:5)
My body is the home of God’s Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
My current condition is new, transformed and remade to look like Christ (John 1:12-13)
God showers me in His grace and mercy, now and forever. (Ephesians 2:7)
My life is overflowing with the abundance that Jesus gives me. (John 10:10)
I’m not afraid of death because I have eternal life in Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
Because of Jesus, I’m completely right with God, just as I am. I don’t need to work for His favor. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I’m seated next to Jesus in heaven right now. (Ephesians 2:6)
I have everything I will ever need in this life and the next (Ephesians 1:3)
Your TRUE Reality is always your position in Christ no matter WHAT you have going on in the moment. When your mind starts racing please know that you have THESE OPTIONS sitting on THAT SAME TABLE of thoughts in front of you.
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I pray this small exercise helped you in a big way.
Much Love And Blessing