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Lying In Wait

The chickenpox virus stays in our systems forever awaiting the opportunity to emerge later in life in the form of shingles, an incredibly painful rash that presents on one side of your body.  Shingles happens in the elderly, or those with a compromised immune system, or the run-down and stressed out.

Two weeks ago I got shingles.  I’m not elderly and I don’t have a compromised immune system.  I fall clearly in the category of the run-down and stressed out.  The funny thing is that I don’t feel anymore stressed or run-down than normal, but my physician and the shingles insist otherwise.  It is amazing how something that lives inside us can sit lying in wait and the moment the suppression is removed we can succumb.  It is likewise alarming how we can be unaware that we are on the border of compromise until it is decidedly too late.  Only healthy rhythms and consistent rest and retreat can prevent being overrun by the suddenness of what lies within.

4 thoughts on “Lying In Wait”

  1. Isn’t it funny how we don’t understand things and we distance ourselves from them until they happen to us… When something happens like this to me I always ask…”why did this happen to me?” And I can only hope that God will answer me …

    I’m praying that God will comfort you with the answer.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carol Monroe

  2. It seems that life somehow is becoming so stressful for everyone. I don’t understand what is happening, however, I pray everyday the God bring us all more peace and less suffering. Praying for you.

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