Well, it’s been a wild week for my son, Joshua. Let’s see: diagnosed with HSP (condition that affects the capillaries resulting in bruises, aching joints, nausea, etc (that typically lasts about 2-6 weeks)), 4 doctor visits, wearing a cast from a chipped wrist bone, woke up with a swolen eye lid that turned into a black eye after dropping a thermos on himself, swollen feet making it hard to walk, etc.
One of the other complications that this past week has brought about is that he has been out of school now for over a week which makes it tricky as Whitney and I both work. So, I have been tempted to complain and get frustrated about walking through this and figuring out what to do with Joshua every day. Yet, I decided to stop and see the silver lining in it all and to look for ways that I could give thanks during this season.
I realized that my son and I have gotten more quality time together (hanging out with me at work, going to the doctor together, etc) than just about any other time in his life. I feel like I know my son a lot better now than I did before all of this. Another cool thing is seeing others pray for Joshua, his classmates writing him get-well cards, and others asking about how he’s doing. I think it’s been a neat encouragement to Whitney and I and to Josh through it all.
I was reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that says, ‘give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ The truth is God is always at work. It says in John 5:17, ‘Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” The real question is….will we miss God because our head is buried in our complaints? or will we see and experience God because our head is raised in gratefulness and thanks to Him?