My chiropractor informs me that my body is out of alignment, but I prefer the down-home phrase, out of whack, because I have lots of whackadoodle symptoms as a result. By the way, whackadoodle has recently been added to the Oxford dictionary, so I guess I’m not the only one who favors fun and quirky phrases.
Today, as my neck was being attended to, my lower back suddenly screamed PAIN! It is amazing how one part of the body can affect another part, one that is seemingly unrelated. Our bodies are incredibly complex, however, and every part is explicitly interconnected.
For example, my dentist believed a root canal might be in order, but an adjustment of my cranial plates eliminated the severe jaw pain. The nerves in my tooth are alive and well. Similarly, an elderly friend of mine was able to cancel his knee surgery after just one visit with my chiropractor. Turns out, there was nothing wrong with his knee; his pain was merely a symptom of his body being out of whack.
Dear friends, I am certain that our spiritual lives, in like manner, can be affected by misalignment. I could offer many examples, but I would rather leave you today with the following thoughts from the book of Proverbs, chapter 3, verses 1-8:
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2