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Sick and Shut In

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Happy Friday everybody!

Funny how we sometimes like to plan out every little detail of life.  How we’re going to spend our day, our weekend.  What we’re going to wear, and where we’re going to go and with whom.  Or even if we’re staying in, we plan the shows we’re going to watch, and what desserts we’re going to indulge in.  All our plans start to shape up and then it hits……a cold, an infection, a stomach virus, a migraine, or worse yet, the flu or pneumonia.  Some sickness that sweeps us off our feet for a day, or two, maybe even a week or more.  All plans come to a halt, as our bodies just don’t want to cooperate with our plans.  For someone like myself, who likes to go a mile a minute and doesn’t like to waste time at all, a “sick day” can seem devastating!  I don’t get to accomplish what I want.  I fall behind in a project.  I miss work (although for some this is not a bad thing).  I have to postpone a fun activity.  I get off track with my workout schedule.  I don’t make it to church to teach my little ones.  And just like that, what was supposed to be a 3 day weekend is wasted – see devastating!

This past week I have been mostly laid up in bed with a really bad cold/allergy turned sinus-infection.  I honestly can’t remember my last “cold” – it had to have been at least 3-4 years ago.  Apart from the occasional headache, stomach bug or half day allergy spell, I just haven’t been sick.  So when this whole thing hit, it really knocked me down.  All I could think of everyday was how much I wasn’t getting done or what I was missing.  Then God spoke to me and reminded me, that it was okay and that He was still in control.

Me being sick for a week, wasn’t going to stop the world from running. In fact sometimes God sidelines us because He wants to get our attention.  He wants to speak us when we’ve been too busy to listen.  Sometimes our body just needs a break and being sick is the only way we’ll take one!  Sometimes in our “planning” we get ahead of God, so he halts us temporarily to get us back on track with His plan.  Whatever the case, being sick is not the end of the world.  Now granted, it’s no fun either, but go through the process, medicate, rest, listen for His voice amidst it all and leave the everyday stuff to Him.  Work and everything else will still be there once you’re better.

It’s been a challenging week, but I got more sleep than I have in a month, I’m 8 lbs. lighter, I am more enlightened spiritually, got an answer to a prayer, and the world around me is still here – parenting, my job, housework, bills and all! LOL

Remember:  God is in everything – our good days, our great days, our bad days, and our sick days!