Is that snickering I hear? Are you of the opinion that God may be bigger than nuclear holocaust, natural disasters and Monday night football but not hormones? I find doubt in God’s omnipotence over hormones to be common among both men and women. This could be due to the sudden, inexplicable, emotional melt downs that hormones can inspire. Who is that fire breathing, fang toothed monster in my mirror? What happened to the mild-mannered matron we all knew and loved? The good news is that in 48-72 hours she will probably be back.
But seriously, God made me, complete with hormones so I’d like to think that these outbursts are part of God’s plan, but they’re not. To tell the truth, I have even played the “hormone card’. “I’m so sorry I said that. It was just the hormones talking.” But the truth is that it wasn’t simply hormones. It was my mouth, my voice and my hurtful words.
Even though I have taken advantage of any relief the medical field has to offer, I’ve decided that coping with hormones really comes down to self control. Although self control is one of my least favorite subjects, the Bible says self control is part of the Christian walk. (No references to “except when your hormones are raging.”) I, for one, have to say that controlling my hormones month after month, year after year sounds impossible. However, I’ve learned that when the Bible clearly asks something of me that is beyond my abilities, it’s time for God to step in.
Have you ever read the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23? They’re love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. Don’t those sound wonderful? I usually feel that I’m doing pretty good with these until the last one. The last one is self-control. Ugh! No amount of my effort or desire ever seems to make this any better. But here’s the deal: this is not a list of the fruits of your labor, or the fruits of your determination. These are the fruits of the Spirit of the Lord. It’s the Spirit’s job to plant these fruits in all believers. It’s your job to open yourself up to the Lord to more fully receive them.
If you think about it, you can see God’s work through your hormones. Were there hormonal times when you wanted to curl up in a ball but instead you did a full days work? That was God. Were there times you wanted to rip someone’s head off with your bare teeth but instead you bit your tongue? That was certainly God. I have to tell you it’s tempting to just loose control and then pull out the hormone card. But our faith asks us to believe that God’s spirit offers us the miraculous ability to have self control even when hormones are raging. Isn’t it nice we still live in an age of miracles? I’m sure when I hit menopause, I’m gonna need a few more!!
Karen Tripp MS Speaker, Author, Counselor