I thought our family had sailed through the flu season untouched, but this week proved me wrong with my daughter waking up with the full-blown flu. I took off my latex gloves to write this, while I wear a medical mask.
Instead of frustration or feeling defeated, God has been showing me cold and flu season is a true spiritual opportunity.
What if this time is a chance to please the Spirit? What if wiping noses, catching throw up, and washing loads of dishes and germy laundry could bring an everlasting harvest?
When your child or loved one wakes up with an illness and your day, month, or year gets rearranged as you sit at the doctor’s office or the hospital, it’s easy to be frustrated with ideas of what else you could have done to prevent this sickness. You start to ask “Why now?” and begin to wonder why your prayers for protection weren’t answered.
It’s easy for me to focus on how quickly to get my daughter back to health with prayer and medicine. I fight feelings of frustration because I have to reorganize our lives and schedules.
But I’m realizing there is a process to healing and an opportunity for those who are the caregivers to be blessed and to bless those who are sick.
I remember being sick as a kid, but I also remember when others cared. I remember grandparents dropping off a VCR to hook up to our TV with VHS tapes of Mary Poppins and Pollyanna when I had my tonsils out. I remember my mom being patient and caring more for me than for her own schedule when I had bronchitis. I remember my friends calling to check on me when I got mono and how cool I thought I was since the telephone was usually for adults. I was being blessed through times of sickness that were really hard.
Those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone — especially to those in the family of faith.
Galatians 6:8-10 (NLT)
As I was straightening up my daughter’s bed covers to tuck her in, she looked at me with tired eyes. “Thank you for taking good care of me while I am sick. I love you, Mama.”
Her words made me realize washing my raw hands, watching her favorite shows, making princess soup, cleaning every surface over and over, and reorganizing our lives is what love looks like. She and I both knew it, and she was feeling blessed even though she was still sick. She will remember being sick, but she will also recall the feelings of love.
I’m choosing not to complain. I’m watching the way God uses sickness to show us how He uses all things together for our good — even hard things, and I’m choosing not to become tired of doing good for her and myself. I know this cold and flu season can be a blessing if I will let it.
How will you bless someone who is sick? Will you text or call them and tell them you’re praying for them? Will you offer to bring their favorite meal? Will you help those in your own home who need your love and patience? Don’t tire of doing good. You are reaping a harvest and pleasing the Holy Spirit with your active love.
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Michele Morin says
I’m reminded of Elisabeth Elliot’s filter for a servant heart: If you want to know if you have a servant’s heart, pay attention to how you act when someone treats you like a servant.
We need regular reminders that we are called to a poured out life.
Always, the hardest part for me is the rearrangement of a schedule to accommodate the sickness.
Thanks for the flu-season refresher course!
Called to a poured out life…such a wonderful reminder!
Stephanie, the extra snuggles! That’s one way of the best parts of having the kids be sick. I had to stop what I was doing and just sit and hold my sweet daughters. If just one was sick, I could hold her close and no one minded. That busy, semi distant toddler wanted to be held! What a blessing!
TAMMIE BRAY says
THIS POST IS WONDERFUL BECAUSE I REMEMBER THE WAY MY MOM TOOK CARE OF ME WHEN I WAS SICK. IT MADE ME FEEL BETTER THEN AND ALL THE TIMES OVER THE YEARS THAT THESE MEMORIES HAVE SURFACED. I KNEW THAT I WAS SO VERY LOVED. I TOOK CARE OF MY SON THIS WAY AND HE HAS GOOD MEMORIES OF THE LOVE I SHOWED HIM ALSO.
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT AS SHOWING GOD’S LOVE ALSO, SO THANKS FOR SHEDDING THIS LIGHT. IT MAKES MY MEMORIES EVEN MORE SPECIAL!!
Dawn Ferguson-Little says
I know we can look at News. Say why God are all these thing happing in our world today. With all the bugs in world today. You can hear people say maybe we are getting near the end times. I have not got all the answers to all that is happening in our world today. We as Christians don’t. People that are not saved could ask us today. Where is this God you belive in. Why is letting all this happen. We as Christians don’t have all the answers to all that is happening in our world today. We just have to keep praying. Keep trusting The Promises In The Bible Standing On them No Matter what. It Hard Yes. Especially when the unsaved do ask us why our God we believe in they say letting all this sickness and badness happen in our world. It not Gods doing. We have to I believe that one day God will take it away in his own time. When his son Jesus will be back again to return to Earth. Earth will be the way it should be way was before Adam and Eve first Sinned. I trust Father God for everything in my life. I call God Doctor God. I stand on the promises in his world. I only go the Doctors when Doctor God tell me too. As I know he has sent Doctors to make as well as. God either uses Doctors to make us well or God himself. One promise I stand on alot on Gods that is philippians 4 verse 19. It says: My God Shall Supply All My Needs According To His Riches In Glory According Too Christ Jesus. Meaning God will meet all needs. If I keep looking up to him and trusting him for everything. As his word the Bible says. I love todays reading. Thank you for it. Xxx
Beth Williams says
I know I have a servant’s heart. My schedule & life was changed when my aging dad’s dementia got worse. I quit a good job & cared for him full time. Some days were easy & some hard. One day sitting at lunch with men on either side of table he was having trouble eating. I offered & ended up feeding him. One guy said “you will get jewels in your crown for this.” I’ve been to ERs numerous times with parents & in-laws. Taken people to doctor’s visits. Yes when someone is ill the first thing I want to do is cook a meal for them. Sometimes all I can do is pray. Pray I do. Asking God to heal them in His perfect time. Life isn’t easy down here. Like Jesus we can’t tire of doing good for others. In the end we will get repaid. We will hear the immortal words “Well done thou good & faithful servant.”
Kimberly Beth Bryant says
My ex-husband is very sick with some of the nasty germs that are going around right now and as i’m 1,000 miles away from him now I’ve been praying for him from afar. I’ve also emailed him soup recipes and reminding him that before our divorce and my leaving in December, i stocked the pantry with the soup he likes, purchased the hand sanitizer he likes and reminded him of where i put it and that the the over the counter medicine we both took when sick is also stocked up and where it is. I always felt like doing this types of things for him was one way to show my love for him but i’m not sure he realized that or that it meant that to him. He thanked me today for the prayers for his quick recovery and health and he thanks me for the things that i stocked up to help him before i left. Maybe he knows now that those were some of the ways i loved him. I honestly wish i was closer so i could bring him soup and help in some other ways but prayers and friendship from afar will have to be enough.