vertigoJesus said to him, “Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” Matthew 4:11


“Not again!” I said, as I stood up and felt the room spinning. Every few months, I am surprised by a bout of vertigo, an inner ear disturbance for which there is apparently no cure. I must seek treatment as soon as possible, needing a physical therapist who knows how to coax the wayward crystals in my inner ear back into their proper place. No one knows why, but these crystals will, unprovoked, float into one of the ear canals on their own, causing dizziness, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Life slows to a crawl or a complete halt until the condition subsides and the wayward crystals decide to behave again…at least for a while.


Vertigo hits me at the most inconvenient times. Once, I was in charge of a large day-long workshop for writers, but I was relegated to a chair in the corner where I gave orders while hanging on for dear life. Another time, my husband had a medical emergency in the middle of my world spinning, and I could barely get to the phone to call an ambulance. And last year, I missed the birth of my first great-grandchild because I was in no shape to drive to the hospital. It feels as if Satan himself is laughing hysterically at me as I spend two or three days—or more—curled in a ball in bed.


When I have recovered from these bouts, I often think of Jesus on the mountain being tempted by Satan. The human Christ may have felt as though His world was spinning out of control as Satan bombarded Him with one temptation after another. “Hungry, Jesus? Make some bread out of these rocks,” Satan said.  “Jump off this mountain and show us all how You can fly!” “You can have everything You see all around You for Yourself, if You only bow down and worship ME!”


But Jesus would have none of it. To combat Satan, He used the most powerful weapon on earth and in all the realms of heaven: God’s holy Word. When life spins out of control, we have that very same weapon at our disposal.


Healing Christ, help me remember to turn to Your Word when my life seems out of control. Amen

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