No Five Minute Friday Prompt this week since Lisa-Jo is on vacation. So I thought I would just take my five minutes to write about anything and figure out the prompt in reverse. Here goes:
This morning when I woke up, I wasn’t quite right. I thought perhaps I needed a bit more sleep, but when I got back into bed I just wasn’t tired. I got up and still something wasn’t right. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I just wasn’t right. As I moved around, I kept bumping into walls. I was a little dizzy. An hour or so later I realized I had mild vertigo.
I have had vertigo a few times before more severe than this occurrence which is why I did not initially recognize it. But after leaning to the left and leaning to the right several times as I rose from a chair or headed down the hall, it dawned on me. Vertigo is a bit disconcerting and makes one almost feel a little tipsy.
What vertigo helps me realize is the important of balance in my life. Without balance, I can swerve into things unexpectantly; I can go adrift; I can fall.
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If I am spending regular time in God’s company, I am more apt to be guided with balance. Though I should get a bit of spiritual vertigo, the Lord helps hold me up to keep me from falling or knocking into things. The Word of God sets me free to walk uprightly, like a natural remedy from the spiritual vertigo of sin.
Natural Remedy! I know I can hang my head over the side of the bed, first one side and then the other as an aid for vertigo. However, as I wrote natural remedy, I thought of also checking out if anything can be done with essential oils. My little essential oils booklet recommends putting ginger, geranium, and helichrysum on the top and back of your ears. I only have the first two, but I’ll give those a try. And I’ll get up and walk slowly.
After I texted a few friends to pray, I hung my head over the side of the bed, tipping it to the left and then to the right. My stomach began to churn adding to my disequilibrium; so I laid down and fell asleep for a couple hours. Upon waking, I ate some rice to settle my stomach. My vertigo gradually disappeared.
I have never recovered that quickly. Was it the oils or the hanging my head over the side of the bed to let the crystals fall back into place or the rest or the rice. I believe it was the Lord, working through the prayers of the saints. What a delight to be in the family of God.