Having a sick day (to the glory of God)


“It looks like a virus.”

The doctor took the wooden stick out of my throat. “Go home and rest. That’s all you can do.”

That sounds easy. But it wasn’t. I would’ve found it far easier if she’d diagnosed it as man-flu – if ‘all I could do’ was get back to work.

The Laziness Lie

Some people are prone to laziness. Others overwork. For me, lying in bed feels like a waste of time. I have emails to send. A sermon to write. Meetings to attend. 

Couldn’t I just lie in bed with my inbox open? What if a colleague needed to get hold of me? I went to get my laptop.

From downstairs came my wife’s voice, echoing the doctor’s advice in less professional terms: “Jonny! Just go to sleep, man!”

My body was demanding rest. It was saying, ‘I’m needy.’ But my heart was responding, ‘Don’t be needy – press on.’

And this was the lie that we humans first believed in the garden of Eden.

The God Delusion

Satan says about the fruit:

“God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.” Genesis 3:5

I was believing I could be like God – the one who doesn’t break. The one who depends on no-one. The one who holds the world together (Colossians 1:17).

But to be a Christian is to say, ‘I’m needy.’ Yes - I need forgiveness and Jesus’ righteousness. But I also need to accept my humanity and therefore my dependence on God.

And this means taking a day off. It means resting in the fact that the world – even your job – won’t fall apart without you. It means accepting my weakness and resting in God’s strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The Holy Spirit won. I was defeated. I closed my laptop.