It’s my call sign. Jingle jangle. My husband can find me just listening for it. If I reach to move clothes on a rack, jingle jangle. When I cook dinner, jingle jangle. As I apply my make-up, jingle jangle. On my left arm, right next to my watch, is the source of my music. It’s a bracelet I wear always. On one side it says MEDIC ALERT, on the other it reads DIABETES, INSULIN DEPENDENT.
Insulin dependent. I cannot go one day, not even one meal, without the medicine my disease requires. If I eat without it, at first, I might not notice. But after a few hours, my body sends signs of its need for insulin. My eyesight is blurry. My head pains slightly, and I’m very sleepy. But most of all I crave water. This need for water is my body’s natural response to the overabundance of sugar.
Were I ever to pass out, my MEDIC ALERT bracelet would immediately communicate to paramedics my need for insulin.
Around my neck I wear a cross. The symbol alone tells a story without me saying a word. On the back, it should read CHRISTIAN, JESUS DEPENDENT.
I’m going to be honest and tell you there are days when I don’t find time to sit alone with Christ. To begin with, it’s not obvious. But after a while, my heart sends signs of its need for the Almighty Father. My attitude sours. My patience runs thin, and I have a knee-jerk reaction to judge others. But most of all, I crave water – the water that only God can provide. This need for water is my heart’s natural response to the lack of His grace within me.
But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV
I am completely dependent on Jesus. I need Him every hour. I wouldn’t think of going through a day without my insulin. Why do I think I can make it through a day without my Savior?
How are you feeling today? Should we alert a medic for you?
Oh God, I come before you humbled. I am sorry I take you for granted. Forgive me for thinking I can do it alone. I need You. I am completely dependent on Your grace and mercy. Lord, don’t turn your face from me. Let me drink from the living water that only You can provide. Refresh my soul, my God and my Redeemer. I love you with all my heart. Amen.