By Megan Low, Singapore
Blood, sweat and tears. All these elements are essential to the biological processes of mammals, which of course, includes humans. Now that this article has appeared on ymiblogging, I can say that I’ve put my blood, sweat and tears into the website—in its Pen to Paper section, at the very least. Here’s the blood, you’re reading the sweat now, and my tears are found here.
Sweat. The highly saline liquid necessary for the evaporative cooling systems of mammals. More concentrated than tears (once you get sweat in your eyes, you’ll know), its main purpose as you may have already guessed, is to lower the body temperature, and therefore is excreted along with other waste materials when the body comes under stress—whether from the heat of a sauna, or other stressful circumstances like anxiety. When the air is dense and still, it might not do much, but in the presence of moving air, it is very effective in cooling the skin down.
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden, work became accursed. They would work hard for their food until their faces were covered with sweat (Genesis 3:19). Up until then, they had been living in the ultimate pristine conditions—they didn’t have to work for their food, and they enjoy perfect fellowship with God and with one another. But now due to their sinful decision, they could no longer enjoy God’s blessings for them, which were truly bountiful.
Many years later, Jesus’ sweat was “like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44 NIV) as He prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane. He was sent to take the ultimate punishment for all mankind since Adam and Eve’s first display of rebellion against God. He bought us peace with God by the ultimate sacrifice of Himself.
If Jesus has already paid the price for us, why does sweat-inducing stuff still happen to us? If God is a loving God, then why do we still need to break a sweat over what we do or what might happen to us?
Sometimes God allows stuff to happen to us because He wants our attention. It’s the same deal when our parents shout our name. Once He has our attention, it’s a whole lot easier to help us see that we can’t achieve anything worthwhile by our own efforts. Then we will realize our deep need for God’s help. That’s when it dawns on us that we need to pray. And as we pray, it becomes clear that the sweat-inducing event came upon us so that we may grow in spiritual maturity. Those of us who tend to forget God in our good times often come running to Him in bad times. And at the end of it all, there’s no mistaking His selfless love for us, pulling—no—carrying us through.
So, trust Him. We know His character. We know His promises. Don’t sweat. Rather, watch and pray (Col. 4:2), because we know that God is in control.