I hate being sick. Not in a 'poor me' kind of way. More of a constant state of irritation. It just plain offends me. Slows me down! It's an inconvenience more than anything. Also, I grumble and whine more than I like when I'm sick. That irks me too. I am crabby and annoyed with myself and just listing the offenses against my sensibilities.
Right in the middle of my rant about that, I got an email from my friend, Tawnya. Her little 8 year old girl Taylor is seriously ill. She's had lots of serious symptoms for weeks now, and last night they had to take her by ambulance to the children's hospital in her area. They are not even sure what's causing it. Boy, that's a quick way to get a little perspective, no? Please pray for the entire family as they face this together. God can use this for His good, I just know it.
I'd rather be sick for the rest of my life than watch the children I love so be in any pain at all. I think almost every parent feels the same way. I remember watching in agony as my children have had stomach viruses, high fevers, broken bones, stitches. I've worried endlessly about my deaf son and the vision of all three of my kids. The suffering of my children hurts my heart in ways that are inexplicable. I know I'm not alone. The Rob Biagi family is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia for their tiny daughter Natalie. Another family I know has a child who literally has lived on death's door since birth. Yet another family is preparing for their child to have massive surgery on her jaw and face before her father is deployed to Iraq. It's a miserable experience- and I know any of these parents would switch places with their children in a heartbeat.
Isn't incredible to know that God feels the same way? That He in fact loves us so much that He provided Himself, a sacrifice, so that we would not have to live in eternal pain and separation from him? That same God will offer comfort and support for all of these poor suffering families today... and the Hope of Heaven calls as we realize that though not all are healed here on earth, there is a day coming when His kids will be united with Him- where pain and sickness are no longer!
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.