Chronic illness can make our entire life hit a place of inertia–not just our physical body. Karlton explains.
“‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring'” (Acts 17:28).
Inertia: 1. (Physics) That property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion, and in the same straight line or direction, unless acted on by some external force; –sometimes called vis inerti[ae]. inertia of a body is proportional to its mass. [1913 Webster]
The word “inertia” has been on my mind lately. How many times do we get stuck in a rut, problems pile on, and soon we find that we are unable to deal with even the smallest difficulty?
Yet then, there are other times when problems come crashing down upon us so hard that we are forced to act.
The corner of the roof on our house looked like something was wrong with it, so we made an appointment with a contractor to come and check it out. But then my wife came home for lunch one day and saw a raccoon digging a hole into the corner of our roof.
Suddenly we were on the phone telling the contractor we needed him to come over right away and get our roof done!
Sometimes we need a push, something to get us fired up and into action. Action does not come easy when you are ill, immobilized by fatigue, chronic illness, or disease.
But despite our exhaustion there are times we must dig down deep and make decisions, take actions, throw off our immobility and build inertia to get things moving.
Maybe it takes a huge effort of will to do or accomplish anything because of your condition. When even the smallest accomplishments in life seem beyond our reach, we need to dig deep, call upon the Lord, asking Him to give us the strength and motivation to do the necessary things of life, or perhaps just to get through the day.
The Lord is our strength. He gives us the ability to carry despite our weaknesses. Call upon Him today to carry you through even when you feel you have no strength left at all. Let His power change your inertia.
Prayer: Dear Lord, You know how weak and unmotivated we feel, stir us to action today, give us strength in place of weakness. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. Inertia has been a long term problem with his health, but he is determined not to let it stop him from doing the Lord’s will.
Has your illness left you inert, unable to act or make decisions? Call upon the Lord for strength and wisdom to break your inertia.
This is Dorothy Savage singing “As Long As It Takes.” Sometimes we are frozen like Karlton describes. Other times, we just don’t know what direction to go. I think you will appreciate the lyrics to this song, about how we know God will redeem our pain, and we are going to “stay here in this place” until we hear God tell us to move. Hope it blesses you. -Lisa