Episode 12: "We're Gonna Be Alright"
I love this show! They give me so much stuff to work with! Maladies of the heart...
I come from an alcoholic background and I can attest to the fact that diseases of the body are easier to cure than those of the mind. It seems that most of the trouble is in my head anyway. In this episode, we see many variations of "illnesses" in our culture:
1. Lynette has irrational fears about Tom wanting to keep his options open if she dies.
2. Tom feels emasculated because of he isn't happy in his new job (home).
3. Gabrielle is a slave to her old ways, loving the way things have always been. She beams with excitement when Carlos punches the guy through the window.
4. Carlos battles with his attempt at a new life, and ultimately gives in to pride and weakness.
5. The Applewhites have hidden secrets, which become harder and harder to hide.
6. Susan resorts to desperate and pathetic (though quite funny) measures to secure a date. As if her life could suddenly have meaning because a man is in it.
7. Detective Barton uses his power and position to get back at Bree for his embarrassment.
8. Bree self medicates without even realizing it.
9. Dierdre's father realizes that he has spent his life for absolutely nothing meaningful. In the end, he will die alone, unhappy adn unfulfilled.
10. Zach consistently wanders around discovering new details about his life that have been hidden from him, thanks to Paul.
But really, these don't even touch on a portion of the ways we allow ourselves to become sick. It is our sinful nature that carries us to these dark places of illness, where we find our hearts much in need of someone to heal us. And the amazing thing is that we usually seem to go to God last. Shouldn't we visit the soul doctor FIRST? He created us. He knows our bodies, our minds, our weaknesses, our failings, our hopes, our dreams, and everything in between.
If we think about the items above, most of them are spiritual issues. They don't look like it at first glance, but when our greatest struggles can be cured by something eternal, it is worth a second look. What do we really need in our lives today? A feeling of importance? Joy in our work? Acceptance of change? Strength to change ourselves? Confession and cleansing, freedom from the past? Courage to stand alone? Forgiveness or to forgive others? Honesty with ourselves? Meaningful lives? Truth? All of these things are spiritually gained.
Isaiah 55:1-3a - "Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me, hear me, that your soul may live."
There's something really tempting about the offer, "that your soul may live." We spend so much time living dead lives, wallowing in sickness and grief, in maladies of the heart. Isn't it time we go try going to God FIRST? After all, that's what Christ died for...that we might have access to the Father, and be encouraged by the Holy Spirit (Counselor). He took on the sickness of the body to gain for us a cure for our hearts.