Have you got your MoJo on today? I confess that I really don’t. I was up from 3 to 5 this morning with a sick little girl, and we’re already on our second DVD of the day at 11 AM. It’s a sick day. The Young Christian Academy for Girls is officially closed, and we’re just passing the time until this bug blows through.
I actually feel pretty blessed in the sickness department. My kids don’t get sick that often (well, unless you count a runny nose, we’re rarely completely snot-free) and when they do, they’re really troupers. Last night after her third round of throwing up (I had coached her through the first two), Pippa just climbed down from her top bunk and curled up on the floor with her bowl and slept the rest of the night there. What a love!
For me, though, the hardest part of having sickness in the house is the isolation. Today, like on Friday when Bea was unwell, I’ve had to cancel plans to get the girls together with friends to play . And no friends for girls means no friends for Mommy. I’m already fretting in my mind about how far into our week we will be quarantined, how many more plans will have to be canceled, how much longer I will be stuck in the house. Is that the most selfish thing you’ve ever heard?
Nevertheless, the Lord called to my mind a verse I am thankful to have memorized at youth group summer camp many moons ago.
James 1:2-4 says this (NIV):
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I hesitate even to call a little bit of seasonal sickness a trial, knowing the far worse illnesses and situations others have to endure. Yet God can use even this relatively trivial trial for His glory and my good!
Do I really believe He has my sanctification in mind when I am weary from a long night spent with a little girl and her bowl? Do I trust Him that He has a good and holy purpose for me having a day at home instead of at a friend’s house today? Yes! And I long to give him glory and thanks in the midst of it.
But… ummm… I should probably get off the computer and go spend time with my kids if I’m going to find that holy purpose.