I am feeling a bit old today! But, not for the usual things that affect most people my age- aching joints, arthritis, blood pressure problems, hemorrhoids, etc. Very thankful for that I might add! However, my inner KLUTZ came out yesterday in full swing! After closing the cable across the driveway to our farm, in a hurry- I tripped over it on my way back across to get into my truck. So, I was propelled from about 2 feet in the air directly onto my hands, knees and even managed to catch an elbow on the way down as well. Lying flat faced in the gravel slowed me down! I was at least glad no one drove by and saw me lying there! Took me a minute to gain my composure and strength back to drag myself to my truck. Figured I had tore holes in my jeans and sweater and bloodied them up to boot, but luckily that was not the case- just inflicted the bodily damage right through the denim and crochet. Great way to start your day- needless to say, the incident made each step of my day of errands and grocery shopping a reminder of my clumsiness earlier that morning! Today, upon awakening, I realize in addition to the cuts, scrapes and bruises, I am feeling it in my back, shoulders and arms as well. Feel like I have been run over by a truck! But, contemplating my injuries, (in addition to making a mental note to myself to NEVER rush myself over that darn cable again!) I pondered about our body’s amazing ability to heal itself! And it is a good thing too! I can only imagine what my poor legs would like today if they didn’t!! Growing up very much a tom-boy, my knees stayed covered in thick scabs and my legs in bruises. My mother was always embarrassed on Sundays as we went to church because my dresses always stopped just above my knees to reveal the bruises and scabs in varying stages of crustiness and flaking off. Can you imagine what they would look like today if our body’s did not heal themselves?? I have actually been amazed that I do not even have and horrible scars on my knees as reminders of my childhood adventures! We are all quite aware of our body’s ability to heal themselves from things on the outside- cuts, scraps, bruises, etc. But, why do we not believe they can also heal things on the INSIDE as well?? God did an amazing job in designing these bodies of ours! They are an absolute marvel!! I am guessing we would all look like zombies as adults if all the damage done to our bodies on the exterior as rambunctious youngsters never healed! So, why do we not believe the same healing goes on INSIDE our bodies as well? The only requirement is that we provide our bodies with the proper nourishment to maintain and repair themselves as God designed and even told us to! Immediately after creating man, God told him the foods he should eat- “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” Genesis 1:29. To function, and heal, as God designed our bodies to, they need the proper fuel. You wouldn’t put water or milk into the gas tank of you prized automobile and expect it get you where you want to go, would you? Yet, we treat our bodies as if we can out any old junk into them and then be surprised when we get sick!
Think of it this way- picture your body built out of bricks. When you are born, you are made up of nice, new, high quality bricks! As we age and experience wear and tear on our bodies, some of the bricks get old or damaged and need to be replaced, juts as with a brick structure would. The key to strength and longevity is the quality of the bricks or building blocks that the old, worm out bricks are replaced with. If the bricks are replaced with bricks of lesser quality, made with inferior materials, the building will continually become weaker less unable to support itself over time- eventually ending up with major failures in the structure and even totally crumbling. Not much different within our own bodies! Reportedly, our body’s are made up of around 100 trillion cells, all with various lifespans continually dying off and being replaced. Estimates of how many cells within the body that are replaced in a given day range from between 2 – 15 trillion!! PER DAY!! That is a lot of rebuilding going on!!! So, if our bodies are not getting the proper nutrition to build healthy new cells, the new cells will be weaker and inferior as well. So, sickness and disease are able to take a stand when the bodies defenses are weak. So, am I am comforted to know that all evidence- inside and out- of my clumsy episode will soon be a distant memory! Do you doubt it? Be happy to post follow up pictures in a week or so of my newly formed skin where the holes and scabs are now on my hands and knees, the lovely blue color from the bruises will be gone as well. The only remaining injury will be to my pride. 😉
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