Journal Entry

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes,” – Psalm 119:71

There are many verses in Psalm 119 that I love, but I finally decided on this one. At six years old, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy. Narcolepsy is a severe sleep disorder. People, like myself, who have narcolepsy, are not able to sleep through the night. Experiencing constant nightmares, falling asleep multiple times during the day, and other components of narcolepsy are all common to narcoleptics.

Because of my illness, I have to take medication throughout the day and night, rest or nap every three-four hours, and be under a continuous schedule. It’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t change it. If I had not been diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy, I do not believe my relationship with God would be where it is today. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”

I found and find this true in my own life. When you get to a certain place of desperation – where all you have is God, it pushes you to open His Word and seek out answers, comfort.

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