“Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out.” Psalm 26:2
Thirty-five years ago a surgeon removed most of my thyroid gland. Did you know the thyroid gland acts like the boss to the rest of the body, supervised by the pituitary gland, and answers only to the CEO: the hypothalamus part of the brain? After collecting data stored in the brain, hormones are sent out for the body to use. If you have no thyroid gland, you must take medication for the rest of your life.
After surgery I cruised through many years with only slight adjustments to my dosage of Synthroid. However, for the past couple of years, fatigue often creeps into my day before noon. My doctor orders blood tests to check my hormone levels and when necessary adjusts the dosage of the medication. Yet, often I need a mini-nap or two to get through the day. Perhaps the thyroid isn’t the problem, maybe it’s the Arizona summers of extreme heat.
When I’m physically tired, I also suffer from spiritual fatigue. Should God examine me from head to toe, maybe he’d discover a malfunctioning pineal gland (referred to as the “principal seat of the soul” found buried deep within the brain) and prescribe solitude and meditation to give me a boost.
Dear Lord, examine us and tell us what we need to grow in our faith. Amen.