I had such great plans in store for this past weekend.
Movie with hubby on Friday – check.
Shopping (just a little, of course) on Saturday – check.
Church with family and lunch at Carrabbas on Sunday – check.
BUT, a tiny little tickle started in the back of my throat last Monday morning. Nothing to worry about, it’s probably just allergies.
Tuesday morning greeted me with a screaming sore throat. Uh-oh, feels like strep. Doctors? Nah, not today. The feeling will probably pass.
Wednesday rolled around and it felt like someone ran over me in a semi truck loaded down with concrete. This is NOT good. I have wayyy to much to do this week. Okay, maybe just a quick nap before the man cubs get home from school.
Thursday. I’m officially sick. I think I have some leftover amoxicillin from my last cold. Now, where did I put that pill box?
Friday. I still feel terrible. Why isn’t this amoxicillin working!? Maybe I should check the expiration date. Oops, it’s expired.
Saturday. Look out family! I’m down in the dumps,out of tissues, and mad at the world! I’m going to the urgent care clinic and I bet the wait will be at least 2 hours. This is ridiculous!!
Sunday. Surrender…home in bed all day. I feel like I have the flu. I hope no one catches this from me. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
Things don’t always turn out they way I plan. In fact, most of the time, they don’t. Last weekend I was looking forward to going and doing. Instead, I ended up resting and waiting for healing.
Honestly, much of that down time felt like a big waste to me. But, in reality it wasn’t. I used the time to catch up on some reading sleep so that my body could begin repairing itself. I also spent time reflecting on others who are chronically ill.
How can I possibly complain about a silly winter virus while so many others are suffering with chronic illness and pain in this world today?
How do they cope with the day in/day out struggle of being sick or in constant pain? Day after day after day.
Do they feel like giving up? What keeps them going? How do they have the will power to make it through another hour of pain or sickness? Maybe you know someone who suffers like this. Maybe that someone is you?
Lord, forgive me for complaining. Help me to use this time wisely to pray for others who are chronically ill. Give them strength, oh Lord, to face the day with hope and confidence. Bestow upon them a fresh wind of joy and thankfulness that only You can provide. Fill them with a great sense of purpose and assurance of knowing You see all that they are enduring and will provide all of their needs.
Heal them, Lord.
Strengthen them, Lord.
Let them know You are near.
In Jesus’ name, Amen