Say hypothetically that you or I achieved full health, that fount of youth that our heroes pursued on their lonely journeys, persons of La Manche. Say we, like Tuck Everlasting, or the marvelous “Lucy,” as performed by Scarlett Johansson and written/directed by Luc Besson, became well. Became every bit of our potential. Say Fortune caught us finally in her gauzy fingers and we no longer were bound by the helix of genetic vulnerability, so much as to say that we are no longer a broken fly, indeed, in a web of inevitable need for salvation. Would God who is and who is personal be friendly to me? Or would God who no longer sensed “need” in Her subjects lose interest and wander off into the forest of other brokenness?
That’s a pathological relationship when its function is fueled by brokenness, thinking the brokenness allows for connection and Love.
How bout Me, then? Would we forget about the One who had tended our hurts, a gentle Giver, like a child moving from one wrapped present under the Christmas tree to another. Would God serve no purpose in our self-care? In fact, would there be self-care any more? Maybe in this hypothetical scene of the perfect human, we would lose connection. Perhaps we would become like the girl in Hawthorne’s fantastic short story, The Birthmark, who without our imperfections would die, unable to breathe the air. Unable to receive Love without our flaws.
No. You and I are more than this. We are not loved by a God who keeps us in misery for the sake of Her throne, for the purpose of saving us from sickness and suffering. We are not sought out in a personal intimacy that is, in its own design, sick.
God isn’t afraid of perfection. Our connection to God who is and who is personal is not threatened by our healthy selves.
Salvation goes in both directions – up and down, when we are doing well and when we are unwell, to our perfect as well as our imperfect selves.
Self-Care Tip: Let us feel very good to include God who is and who is personal, when confidence lifts. It won’t jinx Me or my connection to God to value oneself. Keep on.
Question: When do you want to connect with God? Does staying connected with God improve your self-care, even when feeling great? Have you thought that there is value in connection with God when doing well or poorly? Is it either-or in any way? Please tell us your story.