Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fighting the Battle

We all have battles to fight during our lives. They often "make or break" us! Parkinson's Disease is the monster I battle every day, although he is only a baby one right now. Ha! Since there is no cure or medication to definitely slow it's progress my weapons of war are few. Once diagnosed, every neurologist will tell you that research has shown the most effective, in fact the ONLY weapon, is exercise. It appears to slow the depletion of dopamine in the brain,  which is the chemical in the brain that controls muscular movements and gives one a sense of happiness. That is one of the reasons you see me continually posting biking photos. While I am enjoying the ride on the back of the tandem I often share with Hunter that on this "seat" I feel normal again! Normal for me means no tremors-no disease. It also means a feeling of euphoria I can get no where else! God fulfills the "desires" of my heart as the wind blows in my face.

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

"Praise the Lord who....satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles." Psalm 103:5

Here is a good video illustrating what biking does for me.

Having said all this I realize God doesn't always satisfy all our desires as we want them and definitely not in our timing! My digestive issues are case in point-chronically continuing for 15 plus years! So why some desires fulfilled and others left dangling? I do not know!
Isaiah 55:8-9
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
  neither are your ways my ways", declares 
  the Lord. As the heavens are higher
  than the earth, so are my ways higher
  than your ways and my thoughts
  higher than your thoughts."

OK. I leave it there-at the feet of Jesus and take comfort in the knowledge that "Father Knows Best"!