Not sure when it happens. But it happens. Every time.
Maybe it's after the mountain of snotty tissues but before the knee deep in throw up.
Or maybe it's between the bottles of used tylenol.
Perhaps it's the smell of Vick's Vapors wafting in the air.
But when people are sick in my house, time stands still and nothing else seems to matter.
Kaley sounds like she is swimming. Her head and chest are so full of fluid. And even the tiniest cough hurts her stomach because she's coughed so much. So she's trying to do these baby coughs not to rattle her horrible headache.
Luke, meanwhile, has a VERY high fever and is throwing up.
And somewhere in the midst of it all ... I think of Jesus Christ.
He died a sinless, perfect life in exchange for us. He paid the penalty of death so we could all live. But that death could have come in any number of ways. As long as He died, it would have served the purpose.
He went "above and beyond" and was tortured, willingly taking stripes on His body. It tells us in Isaiah 53:5 that "with His stripes we are healed." He purposely, willingly took on the beating of His physical body so we could have our physical bodies healed as well.
I know a lot of Christians 'know' this. But when we're wading through snot and changing out bedpans and doing the piles of laundry, do we really consider this? I mean, REALLY consider it?
I know that physical illness affects all of us from time to time. And most times it's a temporary condition (like a cold or the flu). And simply the passing of time will "cure" it. But there are other times when it's more complex like cancer. There are times when we know this will just "go away" and other times, we wonder how long we will live.
So it's at times like this that I wonder why sometimes we get an immediate physical healing and other times we don't. I know many people speculate on it. But the truth is, we don't know. I don't think there's a formula with God for this.
I know some of you know that a few months ago I was going through all sorts of testing for lumps in my axilla. Fast forward - one doctor thinks it is not a big problem and I should just get re-evaluated after 3 months. Another doctor feels it's a big deal and wants the whole thing gone immediately (every lymph node on that side). I'm awaiting a 3rd opinion to break the tie.
I have to consider that just one short year ago, my Dad was fighting for his life and had basically 0% survival rate. They didn't feel he would make it off the operating table. I knew that his life was completely in the hands of God. If he was supposed to stay, he would live. If God was ready to take him, he would die. Plain and simple as that.
I could go down each and every one of my kid's and the miracles God has performed in their lives. One by one. It would take us weeks just to discuss them all.
God has touched my life with so many miracles - big and small. I'm aware of quite a few. Sometimes I ponder all the ones He did that I missed.
So my point? If you're sick or you know of someone who is sick and needs healing ... ASK. God has made provision for YOUR healing too. And when He heals you, make sure to let me know... I LOVE hearing about the miracles of God!