A high percentage of health issues are related to stress. People may follow programs with proper diet, exercise, and medical attention, but if the stress in their lives is not resolved, there is still very real danger to their health and well-being. Trauma and heartache are breeding grounds for stress. Acute stress has a beginning and an end. Typically I’m able to avoid the Los Angeles freeways during rush hour, but when I know I have to hit I-405 on a Friday at 4:00 p.m., I get anxious hours earlier. That anxiety stays with me until I return home again, but the stressful experience does come to an end and all is well again. There was a beginning to the stress when I first learned the trip was necessary, and there was an end to the stress when I returned home again.
Chronic stress never seems to leave us. Unresolved effects of trauma and heartbreak fuel chronic stress. Even when a painful memory is tucked away in our hidden heart closet, the anxiety hovers quietly within, impacting our physiology far more than we may realize.
Then, there’s God . . .
Want to know more about God’s response to the effects of heartbreak on our physiology? We discuss more in this 3 minute radio interview, “Renewal” from The Heart Healer: God’s Response to Personal Prayer in a Hurting World.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you,
even as your soul is getting along well.”
— 3 John 2 NIV
This post is one of a series of brief interviews with Pastor Randy Garcia from “Rising Higher” on AM 1100 KDRY, in San Antonio, TX. Each chapter of The Heart Healer will be discussed in subsequent posts from the series.