Aaron Pennington – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
This is a guess, but I bet you are like me in the fact that I hate being sick. I hate the way I feel, the way I act, and I hate that I can’t do the things I want to. I try to avoid these miserable moments at all costs by avoiding unhealthy foods (except ice cream which is from the Lord), I exercise regularly, and I take nutritional supplements to name a few. But, sometimes no matter how hard I try, I still get sick. Let me switch directions, stay with me for a second. What I want to suggest to you today is that not only do we get physical colds, but we also get spiritual colds, and no matter how hard we try, sometimes they are hard to avoid. Let me explain:
A couple of weeks ago I was with our senior pastor Cal Jernigan, and we were discussing the spiritual lows people get in from time to time. Cal then mentioned the idea of this feeling being like a spiritual cold. I had never heard it communicated like this before, but it made complete sense to me as I am sure it does with you. A spiritual cold is that season of time when you feel disconnected from God and your spiritual life doesn’t seem to be in balance. Just like a regular cold, it throws you off your game and makes you hope and seek ways for restored health. If you find yourself right now with a spiritual cold, may I suggest a few tips to restore your spirit back to health.
1. You must know that this is only temporary and you will come out of it. This is important to keep telling yourself.
2. All of us have spiritual pathways in which we feel the most connected to God. Some pathways would include, worship music, being in nature, having quiet time, reading, etc. Find which one helps you to best connect with God and make it a regular part of your day.
3. Last but not least…pray. Don’t sit around beating yourself up that you don’t feel connected with God. This is what the enemy wants. Instead pray that God fills your heart with the desire for more of Him and His spirit in your life.