I’m not sure what it is about this week: perhaps the change of seasons, this ever-growing baby boy, or some bug that’s going around. Whatever the cause, I have certainly been under the weather this week. Nausea, leg cramps, heart burn, migraines. Not my best week for sure. But despite the lingering yuck and sleepless nights, I’m reminded there is much to be thankful for in the midst of feeling ill:
God has provided so much for our family. A safe home, a warm bed, food, clothing, medicine to help with aches and discomforts, healthy children, a new baby on the way, white cells. While I don’t feel my best at all, I’m in far better shape than countless many in our country and around the world. This too shall pass. Being physically slowed down for the week, I’ve been able to focus far more during my reading times in the Bible and elsewhere. Some times the most undesired circumstances can bring about rich, hidden blessings. Who knew the Book of Numbers had so much to say!
My husband is truly amazing. He has cared for Eliana and I incredibly well all during one of the busiest work weeks of the year so far. He sweetly tells me I’m beautiful on my yuckiest days, rubs my ever-cramping feet, and has made many runs to Target for more ginger ale…at all hours of the day. My daughter is precious. She seems to understand why Mommy has needed to be on the couch so much, often running over just to give me a hug or lay there with me. So sweet. I’m blessed with an wonderful family, both immediate and in-laws. They are all caring and considerate, praying on my behalf and sending encouraging messages throughout the day. I’m surrounded by incredible friends. They are always a delight to be around and can bring a smile to even the most nauseous face. Friends in every season. What a blessing!
This may not be the most fabulous week of my life, but it certainly has not been the worst. My life is not perfect. However, in the midst of the good, the bad and the mundane, God promises to with me (Deut. 31.8). He truly is all I need (Phil. 4.19). Whether we’re at the top of our game or under the weather, enjoying the views from a beautiful mountaintop or trudging through the fog of a dark valley, there is always an opportunity to be thankful.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4.4