Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Benefits of the Common Cold

on July 3, 2014

There’s never a good time to be sick. We wives and moms know this all too well. You see, we don’t get to call in sick when a bug strikes. We don’t get to tell the kids we are off for the day or tell the house it’s going to have to clean itself so that we can rest. The truth is, our “benefits package” at this “stay-at-home work” situation leaves much to be desired. No, there’s never a good time to be sick for the home keepers, but there are benefits that come from the occasional cold.

As I sit here, sniffling a bit and wondering how my day is going to shape up now that I feel the symptoms creeping on, I toy with the idea that sometimes the only way God can get me to slow down and even take a break is to let illness slip through His sovereign hands and fall right on me. I know it seems a funny thought, but there’s some truth to it. We ladies are busy creatures, running to and fro; cooking, cleaning, shopping, schooling, holding tiny hands and handling the day to day tasks. We may or may not have the finances to attend to, work to complete and problems to solve. We may have ministry commitments, which are such a blessing, but also can keep us on our toes.

We are Oh So Busy All the Time! No wonder God allows us to get sick from time to time. It’s the most efficient way of slowing us down and giving us a chance to recover. I find that when I’m struck down with a cold or the flu, one of the benefits is time. I have more time to pray, read the Word (if my eyes can manage it) and to meditate upon the goodness of God. I also find that being under the weather is an excellent reminder of my humanity and my need for a God who gives life, takes care of His children and loves to bring healing. I recognize my own frailties and how much I need Him.

Look, it’s never fun to be sick, but I believe whole-heartedly that God uses the sick times in our lives to minister to us, teach us, grow us and sometimes just to spend some more time with us as we lay wrapped in the Father’s loving arms.

So I’m praying for all of my fellow sickies today. Praying you are comforted and encouraged as you spend time with the Father. Praying you have some help with the kiddos (or from the kiddos) so that you can rest and recover. Praying for healing as per God’s timing and perfect will. Praying you would praise the Lord, knowing that our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that awaits us….someday a new, perfect body and no more pain and sickness as we soak up the very presence of God.

God bless!

photo credit: thesearenotpolaroids via photopin cc

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