This past week and a half have been rough. Our whole house has been sick…and while that is only 3 of us, it has really taken a toll. It hit my husband first…and like clockwork, we all followed suit. One day of the “I feel it coming on” sickness, 3 days of fever and then about 2-3 more days of recovery, aka “I don’t have a fever but I’m still exhausted and hacking up at least one lung.” Hubby first, then the little one, then me…all within a few days of each other, so the overall sickness-cycle has seemed to last a lifetime.
Finally…12 days later, we have all bounced back to at least 95%. [Exhale.] My daughter slept through the night again last night, which means I slept through the night last night. My voice has come back and I no longer sound like Yoda. And I actually have some of my normal energy levels back.
Prior to sickness hitting us, this week was already set out to be a big week. It was my last week at my job. Through much prayer, my husband and I decided it was time for me to leave my part-time corporate job and to be home full-time, while also working for his company more throughout each week.
Wednesday was my last day. And while it was a big step for us, and a big leap of faith, the excitement was a bit clouded by all the sickness. I actually had to drag myself out of bed Wednesday morning to even make it in for my last day. And to top it off, it poured down rain most of Wednesday…so not only was it my last day of work and I was still half-sick, but the sky let down buckets and buckets of rain, putting a bit of a damper on the day.
But as the end of the day grew near, the rain stopped. The clouds parted. And God let some sunshine through. And as we drove to have dinner with our [church] family that evening, like we do every Wednesday evening…I was reminded of God’s faithfulness.
As we drove along, the sun shone from one side of the sky and clouds covered the other…in between the two was an enormous, beautiful rainbow.
God is faithful through it all.
While a family-wide sickness seems like such a minor struggle…(and embarrassing to admit to those going through much larger struggles in life right now) it’s sometimes the minor struggles that remind us how great and how faithful God really is. It’s the answering of prayers…Lord, please lift this sickness from our family. Heal us…That remind us He is truly listening to every word we speak. It’s the rainbow at the end of a gloomy, damp day that remind us He is there, He cares for us and through Jesus, we have hope for our tomorrows.
And while to some, it may seem coincidental…but God is not a God of coincidences. He does not waste a single moment. And for me, that rainbow was a reminder that He is in control. He takes cares of us. And while our family ended a week+ long sickness while closing one chapter and opening a new one…with that rainbow, I’m reminded. To trust in Him and have faith in Him because He will provide through any storm.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
His will, His way…