MountainWings A MountainWings Moment #1012 Wings Over The Mountains of Life Fear of The Thing ================== I originally thought that I would need to "borrow" a lot of material from different sources. I didn't realize that life would present a new opportunity each day to climb a mountain. I will still pull from the best and others will help author and edit MountainWings but life does present new challenges each day. In a previous issue I told you how my two young sons had strep throat. http://www.mountainwings.com/past/1011.htm This is the day after I wrote that issue. Today my wife called and said the doctor told her that she and I needed to come get tested for strep throat. The doctor said that it was possible, even likely that we both had it. They had to make sure that we didn't give it back to the kids once they were cured. Strep throat is not a big thing. It's common and in most cases easily cured. The test is just two simple cotton swab (Q-Tips) swipes taken from the back of your throat. Granted it is a very long cotton swab. My throat had been feeling fine until my wife told me that I had to take the test and that I might have strep throat. The thought that I could have latent strep throat germs raging in the back of my mouth made me uneasy. Did I feel a slight itchiness now? It's amazing how the mind works. Believe it, fear it, and the body begins to manifest it. I actually thought my throat did feel different now that I had to go take the test. My logical mind knew my throat was fine but the mere thought. . . was it scratchy? I can imagine how it must feel to wait on test results for something really serious. If it were cancer or a suspected exposure to AIDS that I was being tested for my slight apprehension would be magnified a hundred fold. Apprehension leads to tension. Tension leads to distress. Distress leads to stress and stress leads to disease. Both my wife's and my tests were negative but today I got a glimpse into the fearful world of apprehension. Job (a character in the Bible) said, "What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me." Germs don't really cause disease. An immune system that is weaker than the germ causes disease. Fear weakens the immune system. The very thought helps to manifest the thing, whether it be good or bad. Situations in life don't break us or make us miserable. When we come across a situation that our spirit is not strong enough to properly handle, then that situation makes us miserable because our spiritual immune system is weak. After the nurse administered the strep throat test she said, "you know, you're the calmest person that I have ever given this test to. People squirm, gag and sometimes scream." That amazed me. It was just a cotton swab. A very long cotton swab I will admit, yes, it was stuck very far back into your throat, but just a cotton swab nonetheless. Most of the things that gag us, make us squirm, and sometimes even makes scream out in frustration, if looked at from the mountain, are really just long cotton swabs. They won't hurt you. They may scratch at you in sensitive areas but the vast majority won't hurt you. Often they make you stronger and more confident when you successfully get past them. Don't be afraid of the tests of life. You are healthier than you think. Or maybe, just maybe, you are AS healthy as you think. A MountainWings Original Laugh for the Day: ------------------ There was a little old lady who was nearly blind, and she had three sons who wanted to prove which one was the best to her. Son #1 bought her a 15-room mansion, thinking this would surely be the best that any of them could offer her. Son #2 bought her a beautiful Mercedes with a chauffeur included, thinking this would surely win her approval. Son #3 had to do something even better, so he bought her a parrot that he had been training for 15 years to memorize the entire Bible. You could ask the parrot any verse in the Bible, and he could quote it word for word. What a gift that would be. Well, the old lady went to the first son and said, "Son, the house is just gorgeous, but it's really much too big for me. I only live in one room, and it's too large to clean and take care of. I really don't need the house, but thank you anyway." Then she confronted her second son with, "Son, the car is beautiful. It has everything you could ever want on it, but I don't drive and really don't like the chauffeur, so please return the car." Next, she went to Son #3 and said, "Son, I just want to thank you for your most thoughtful gift. That chicken was delicious." Thank you for inviting MountainWings in your mailbox. See you tomorrow.