"Katherine, do you have lack of sensation in your feet or your hands?" Blankly, I looked at my neurologist and replied, "No, I don't think so, Doctor. Not that I ever noticed, that is." With a confident smile born out of a sure knowledge that I was well qualified to speak on the state of my physical health, I gave him permission to examine my feet and hands. As I watched him poke at my feet with the blunt end of his ballpoint pen, I told him that I could feel every poke he made against my skin. He merely smiled and asked me to shut my eyes. Shut my eyes? Well! Slightly offended, I did as the doctor requested. His assistant asked me a few questions about my family history as the neurologist remained silent. In between questions, I was asked. "Do you feel this? What about this.... and this?" It was difficult for me to concentrate on feeling the pressure of the pen on my feet as I was distracted by the assistant's questions, most of which required more than a yes or no response. I began to suspect that the specialist was playing head games with me, perhaps he was only poking at random intervals and not at the same pace in which he asked if I could feel his pen. After a round of mental gymnastics with his assistant, I felt the neurologist take my hands into his. When I dared peek, he gently reminded me to keep my eyes closed. Once again, the questioning began intermixed with "Do you feel this, what about this and this?" When given permission, I opened my eyes, only to find my neurologist ruefully shaking his head at my folly. He informed me that I suffered from a severe lack of sensation in my feet and fingers and this lack of sensation was creeping up to my mid-calves and forearms. Confused, I refuted his findings. After all, I definitely felt the searing pain of a stubbed toe and a single grain of rice on the floor could send me hopping. My friends could attest to my inability to hold a hot cup of coffee, if the cup had no handle or was made of paper. Gently, he explained that what I was feeling was only a faint echo of what most people would feel if they had the same lack of protecting muscle padding on their feet and hands. My lack of sensation diminished my sense of pain. Without his diagnosis, I would have never known I was in danger. Without being aware of this lack of sensation, I would have never been aware of my need to be vigilant, checking my feet for cracks, cuts and bruises on a daily basis. Although my feet had always been extremely sensitive to the cold, I could not rely on my feet to send the proper warning signals to my brain and I would have to take extra precautions against frostbite. It was a sobering moment as I realized that I did not know my own body as well as I thought I did. Scripture says in Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (KJV) Without the Lord I may never know the spiritual neuropathy that has taken place within my heart due to the deadly effects of sin. Sin will ravage my heart and my emotions. It destroys my relationships, it can destroy my body and it will certainly destroy my life if left unchecked. In order to remain safe, I must rely on the Holy Spirit to search my heart as I cannot rely on my own senses to find the deep rooted sin in my life. Unconfessed sin deadens those areas of my life that should be sensitive and I may not even be aware to spiritual infection or gangrene setting in. I know that I must pay attention to those faint sensations of conviction and repent immediately in order that no sin may be able to take root within me. The good news is that contrary to my physical condition, the condition of my spiritual heart can be reversed through repentance. My ability to respond to even the gentlest of the Holy Spirit's prompting is restored as I continue to submit my whole self to the Lord's work. Ezekiel 11:19b ...and I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. (KJV) 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV) Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Until Next Week, © 2010 Katherine Walden HEWS FLASH Find me on twitter at http://twitter.com/katherinewalden, facebook under Katherine Walden and/or join the "Daily Christian Quotes" Group on Facebook! I Lift My Eyes has partnered with "Christianbook.com" to provide you with deep discounts of books, gifts, church supplies, music DVDs, pastoral helps and Christmas programs. 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Janette Oke http://www.janetteoke.com/ME2/Sites/Default.asp Website -------------- November 11, 2010 Give us, O Lord, steadfast hearts that cannot be dragged down by false loves; give us courageous hearts that cannot be worn down by trouble; give us righteous hearts that cannot be sidetracked by unholy or unworthy goals. Give to us also, our Lord and God, understanding to know You, wisdom to recognize You, and a faithfulness that will bring us to see You face to face. Thomas a Kempis http://www.ccel.org/k/kempis/ Thomas a Kempis Biography And Works -------------- November 12, 2010 God is seeking men and women of reckless faith today...to be reckless in your faith does not mean to be unthinking, but the reverse - concentrated, single-minded in your concern that God should be glorified and souls won. George Verwer http://www.om.org/history.html Operation Mobilization -------------- November 13, 2010 As a sound may dislodge an avalanche, so the prayer of faith sets in motion the power of God. Mrs. Charles E. Cowman http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/desert/ Streams in the Desert -------------- November 14, 2010 If you don't make up your mind, your unmade mind will unmake you. Eli E. Stanley Jones http://www.vaxxine.com/eves/jones.htm Biography -------------- November 15, 2010 As every lord giveth a certain livery (uniform) to his servants, charity is the very livery of Christ. Our Saviour, who is the Lord above all lords, would have his servants known by their badge, which is love. 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