While I usually get vaccinated against the flu, this past year I didn’t get around to it. It wasn’t that big of a deal. I felt no sense of urgency. The flu always come and the flu always goes. This year is different.
Because of the devastating impact of COVID-19, the medical community is adamant about the need to do as much as possible to combat these two viruses that attack the respiratory system. This is why my eight year old doctor insisted I get a flu shot. So I did.
Earlier this week, I made an appointment for my flu shot and the first of two shots for my shingles vaccination. I wasn’t too concerned. I’ve had shots all my life. Then the pharmacist asked if I was right or left handed. She went on to explain that because I was getting two shots, she wanted to make sure she gave my shingles injection in whichever arm was not dominate because the shot would hurt and it would make my arm very sore.
Suddenly I had a flashback to the time my doctor was about to freeze a concerning looking spot off my nose. He said it would be a little uncomfortable. HE LIED! I wanted to scream like a little girl.
So to hear that the shingles shot would hurt and make my arm very sore sent up all sorts of red flags.
I got the flu shot in the right arm. It was no big deal. Then it was time for the dread, pain inducing, torturous shingles vaccine. I gritted my teeth and took my medicine.
After I got the shot, the pharmacist said, “Usually the patient winces but the shingles vaccine didn’t seem to bother you.” I said, “It wasn’t that bad.” I strutted out to the parking lot as if I was bullet proof and nothing could hurt me.
I didn’t start screaming until I was safely in my truck where no one could hear.
So what does getting vaccinated have to do with my spiritual walk? Everything.
God has given us science, knowledge, and wisdom for a reason. It is very clear God has used scientific minds to invent vaccines to make this world a better place. By being vaccinated, I protect myself and by not getting sick, I do not use up the valuable, limited resources that could be used to help someone else. It’s a no brainer. Also, nowhere in the Bible will you ever find the phrase, “Be ye stupid.” Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do.
This is the same logic the wisest of all people used in saying, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 27:12)
So be a good steward of your body and the limited resources of the health system. I truly believe getting vaccinated is God’s will. If I didn’t, I would not have gotten the most painful, dreaded, terrifying, excruciating, agonizing, burning, hated shot of all-time.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in this time of confusion, help me make decisions that please you. Give me clarity, wisdom, and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
In two months I have to go back for the second shot of the shingles vaccine. When it is time, I will strut in like I own the place, sit down, roll up my sleeve and say, “Bring it on.”
I won’t start screaming until I am back in my truck. That way, no one will ever know what a wimp I really am. I’m good with that.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.