When God forces a hiatus

“The kids haven’t been sick for a while.”

The moment I spoke the words to my mother, I knew I had made a mistake. My mom told me I should find some wood to knock, and looking back, it definitely couldn’t have hurt. The week of wrath that swept into our lives following that statement still lingers by way of persistent coughs and fatigue.

When God forces a hiatus

I swear, we’re hit with a whammy like this every December. The flu descended on our house last Friday, the day before Kara’s planned 3rd birthday party and also my birthday weekend. It knocked me and the kids on our backs—literally. The party was cancelled and we endured a really rough week that included severe body aches, fevers, incessant coughing and sinus/ear infections. Bad, bad, bad week.

Work also came to a grinding halt for me, and the timing couldn’t have been worse. Of course, when it comes to these things, the timing is never great. Never.

I spent a good deal of the past week in physical misery, but I was also forced to completely stop everything in life to focus on three things. Taking care of myself, taking care of Evan and taking care of Kara.

It’s really sad when it takes something like a terrible illness to truly bring things into perspective. I spent days wrapped-up with my little ones wiping noses and comforting coughs, fetching glasses of water and combing knots out of hair. It wasn’t a fun time for any of us, but there were moments of quiet and comfort and love that are healing in their own ways and for that, I’m grateful. I am grateful that after just a few short days, our bodies have recovered, when there are so many who are dealing with chronic illness, life-threatening diseases and hardships beyond what I can fathom.

I’m trying to bounce back mentally from this week, too, but it’s tough. I am not sure what happens to me after getting sick, but I always find it difficult to get back into the regular swing of life. For whatever reason, though, God wanted me to stop for a moment. I know that what feels like a roadblock is actually just exactly what I am supposed to be experiencing in my life at this time, and I’m trying to appreciate and reflect on that as Christmas approaches.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday—Merry Christmas!


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