Hospitals and health clinics are probably not on your A-list of fun places to hang out. But you go. Maybe begrudgingly, and perhaps because your spouse or significant other insisted or even made threats. You and I go because we recognize the need. When there is a change in our health, or an emergency arises, or even because we understand its good to get an annual physical, we take the time out of our lives to go. What’s more, we in the U.S. are blessed with some of the best healthcare in the world. You know the importance and the need for competent physicians who have a good bedside manner.
All of that is for our bodies. Yet, we are not one-dimensional blobs of protoplasm who walk around needing our cells fixed once-in-awhile. We are living breathing human beings with as much need for doctors of the soul as we need doctors for the body. To ignore that we need competent “metaphysicians” [more than just the physical] with a good bedside manner is to not recognize the high value of the unseen inner person.
In some ways I feel like the old country doctor you see in Westerns – patching up people who got shot in the street in a gunfight – and getting paid with a bushel of apples or a basket of eggs. I admit I would much rather operate (pun intended) more like the modern-day family physician who insists on annual physicals, med checks, and makes good referrals to other competent professionals.
Imagine with me if you saw as much importance to go to your local pastor to get an adjustment for your soul as you did going to your local chiropractor for a back adjustment; if you believed there was value in scheduling an annual “metaphysical” on your calendar; and, if you were faithful to take some needed biblical medicine every day and come in every so often to your soul doctor for a check to see how it was all going.
I can hear some of your objections. Yes, I know that there are a great many metaphysical quack pastors out there who only give unhelpful panaceas and have questionable educational credentials. But that doesn’t take away from your need to find a good metaphysician and stick with him/her. They are out there, and there are a lot of good ones.
Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body…” (Matthew 10:28). It’s important and necessary to care for your body; to address disease; to do the things necessary to restore your health through medication, surgery, and/or therapy. It is equally important to care for your soul; to address the sickness of your heart; and to do the things necessary to restore your spiritual health through metaphysical therapy.
You need to schedule an appointment – maybe with your physician – but also, and just as necessary with your metaphysician. Even if you’re feeling fine. Get that annual metaphysical and catch any warning signs of danger in the future of your spiritual health and well-being…. What are you waiting for?