As I’m writing this, I don’t feel good. Maybe a sore throat? I don’t know. Catching a cold or just tired? Can’t tell yet. Don’t teachers usually catch a cold in September? All those sniffly kids.
In medical terminology, they call it malaise –a general feeling of discomfort, sickness, or uneasiness that you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s when your mom says, “What hurts?” and you can’t really say what it is.
I have malaise of soul at times, usually when I slow down enough to have time to think. That’s when the general sin and pain of life makes me ache a little bit.
This Saturday I went to church with that uneasy feeling, and we sang about the love of God. Sang about how his love never gives up and never fails, and I didn’t mind singing that truth several times.
Sometimes hearing God loves you goes down warm, like a cup of lemon ginger tea.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7 NIV)
I don’t know how you feel today, but if you have that unsettled, not-quite-right feeling, I hope you remember that God’s love is not going to fail you today. That should get your spirit well in no time.