Freedom from fatigue and headache

At the end of a busy summer day on our farm, my husband reported that the sweet corn in the back garden was ripe and ready for harvesting. We had to pick about 25 dozen ears to deliver to the food co-op in the morning. It was a hot, sticky evening, the air was even stuffier in the corn patch, and I was tired and had a pounding headache. I have to say I was not a very willing worker in the harvest! But as I got my picking instructions, I began noticing the incredible yield in this modest garden. A stanza from a favorite hymn came to mind: 

Our gratitude is riches,
Complaint is poverty,
Our trials bloom in blessings,
They test our constancy.
O, life from joy is minted,
An everlasting gold,
True gladness is the treasure
That grateful hearts will hold.
(V. Burnett, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 249 © CSBD)

Thinking of God’s abundance reflected in this beautiful crop that would nourish and bless so many families helped turn my thought away from the fatigue and pain to appreciation for the deeper meaning and purpose of my task.

I considered Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:3–8 : “A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams” (Eugene Peterson, The Message). 

This spoke to me of the need for receptivity to good, and of the abundance we reap when we listen to the Word of God and take it in. That evening in the corn patch my thought was so gently uplifted that I hardly realized what was happening until the work was joyously complete. What had seemed a burdensome chore soon became a blessing as I marveled at God’s riches. Then I discovered I was headache-free and feeling fine. What a lesson in the healing power of gratitude!

Debby Norden Miller
Bemidji, Minnesota, US

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