I run the stats, (UC, PE, asthma, etc.) they ask the typical questions, and we laugh at my defective body.
Most days I am healthy. Although there was a time when my health or lack thereof was a common thought. Now it's not uncommon for me to go months without questioning the state of my body. I take it for granted.
Today, I am not taking it for granted.
I would like to say it's because I am so thankful God has given me the blessing of a new day, that I am alive and well, that I am strong and capable. No, that's not why I am not taking it for granted.
Don't get me wrong - all that's true, but today I am not taking it for granted because my asthma is flaring and all I want to do is stay home and breathe.
Why do I have to have the reminders that my body is not always pain-free to thank God for the days that are? I take this beautiful gift of a mostly healthy body and mind for granted.
So today, I may not feel one hundred percent, but I want to take time to thank God that I have two legs that are strong and capable, arms I can hug with, fingers I can type, a mind capable of complex thoughts, a heart that beats strong, skin that protects, and all internal organs that keep me alive. I also want to thank God for my lungs - yes my lungs. Although today they aren't working as well as I like, but they are working as a reminder that I need to give God credit, where credit is due. Thank you God for my entire capable, mostly healthy body.
You have searched me, Lord, And you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem mein behind and before, And you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, Too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, If I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, For darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being: You knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, When I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book Before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, [a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.