I did not get to walk Sunday.
I was on-call for the hospital and got called in just at the time we normally have for walking. I did however, experience some of the effects of my six months of walking.
Once I arrived at the hospital I found out I had been called in to be the scrub nurse on a Cesarean Section. Since our unit has temporarily been relocated (while the hospital builds us a brand new obstetrics unit) we no longer have our own operating rooms. Instead the Cardiovascular surgical department has been gracious enough to "loan" us one of theirs. It is in the building next door, one floor higher. This means to scrub on that C-Section I had to go up one floor and walk about 1/3 of a mile to reach the CVOR.
Once I got there, I was busy rushing about trying to set things up before the patient -- and more importantly, the surgeons -- arrived. The operation had barely begun when I felt what has become common to me lately, sweat running down the middle of my back.
It seems I have become so heat acclimated that the slightest bit of heat or physical exertion, causes my body to produce sweat. So there I was, in an operating room that feels about 50 degrees, sweating.
"Through reason of use" my body has been exercised to become more efficient at dispersing heat.
As Christians, we can become acclimated as well. As we throughout our lives read the Scriptures and hide them in our hearts, we become more acclimated to the how of dealing with temptation. "By reason of use" we exercise our sense to discern both good and evil.
It reminds me of what a dear young man we know said when he was just a boy, "Satan tries to make good things look bad and bad things look good." How true, Sterling! But as we become skilful in the word of righteousness, we begin to discern what is God's way and what is the lie of the enemy. We become acclimated to righteousness. . .our spirits become more efficient at choosing rightly.
Let us all have it said of us that we are "of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil," (Hebrews 5:14.)