Sometimes I think my life could rival Lemony Snicket. One thing leads to another and before long, the only thing you can do is laugh and trust that the next situation that arises is even funnier than the last. You have to have a sense of humor to be in my family!
We arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming late Saturday night, excited to see McKenna and Andros. I hadn’t seen my precious 8-month-old grandson or his beautiful momma since he was born. I couldn’t wait to squeeze their necks!
We were about 2 hours outside of town when I got a call from McKenna. She was headed to the ER with Andros. Not only did Andros have some kind of stomach bug, McKenna had an incredibly sore throat and it was too late for any urgent care places in town to be open.
Of course, Andros had a viral bug, and McKenna’s strep test was positive. Two of the most important people in my life were in pain and uncomfortable, and there was nothing I could do about it. That, however was not going to stop us from seeing them as soon as possible. Peyton and I met them for lunch on Sunday and actually took Andros for the night so that we could enjoy some special time. (I’d like to think it was a little Momma/Mimi love that made them feel better!)
Tuesday rolled around and with it, so did mine and Peyton’s stomach. By the afternoon, we were both down and out for the count. We even had to cancel our plans with my brother who’s only day available was Tuesday because of this bug. Peyton lovingly joked that she was disowning her nephew, while I quietly thought of the ways I could remove my intestines so that my stomach didn’t hurt anymore!
By Wednesday morning, we felt so much better, and Peyton enjoyed some relaxation at our rental while I went to work for a few hours. After I returned from work, Peyton let me know her throat hurt. Seriously?! This can’t be happening. We talked about whether or not she felt sick enough to go to the local urgent care to which she replied that she didn’t feel that it was that bad. About an hour later, she peeked over the back of the chair and casually asked, “Is a strep test the one where they put the stick down your throat?” I knew we needed to go.
Did you know that strep has to be in your system 12-18 hours before your body will produce a positive strep result? I didn’t. So the doctor’s words of wisdom after a negative result was produced was that it was 50/50 shot that she had strep versus a residual effect of the stomach bug from the day before. We decided the course of action was to go ahead and treat her as if it were positive since she was exposed and a fever had started. Going home, Peyton now joked that she was disowning her own sister, as well.
Through it all, God has been in the middle of our family! Andros and McKenna quickly recovered. We were in a place where my mom was around to be able to help care for us while we were laid up. My brother was still able to meet his great-nephew for the first time. We didn’t have to reschedule our dinner theater tickets for Thursday, and Peyton won’t be sick by the time her birthday rolls around this weekend.
God tells us to find joy in our trials, and that’s all I can do when weeks like this happen. When God is in the midst of our lives and circumstances, I can’t help but be joyful that He still allows us to breathe and laugh at our misfortunes.
Take the time to seek Him during those moments. It will put a fresh perspective on your current situation!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kind, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. -James 1:2-3
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I a weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:10
4 thoughts on “Finding the Joy”
Such a timely post today. I feel like life keeps throwing punches and I can’t keep up to duck. These verses are comforting and help to ease my mind. I continue to pray that God shows me what my place is in all things. Keep these coming, I truly appreciate that we can all relate to one another in some way or fashion.
Jona-please know that we are praying for you…you aren’t alone and even if you can’t keep up the ducking, God has your back! Keep your chin up! Hugs, Emily
Jona, I just love your heart for Jesus, and I know that He will help you get through the tough times. Love you, girl! Erin
Wow, what experiences!! Even through sickness, you remembered God was with you all at every moment. We are blessed to know He is always with us and cares for us. Thank you for reminding me of His presence in every situation.
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