When you or a child are sick, it completely throws your life out of whack. Appointments, practices and engagements are no longer a top priority. The good health we often take for granted has temporarily vanished, leaving us stunned and scrambling for a way to BOTH get better and get everything done on time.
When your child is sick, you might stay home from work (hopefully your employer offers sick days in your benefits package), you may need to call in grandma or the babysitter (if they are available on short notice), or you may be lucky enough to have a free schedule that day and be there to hover and cater to their every whim. But what happens when mama is sick? Full blown chaos, that’s what.
There are lots of negatives when it comes to sickness. It’s yucky and I don’t like it. It’s inconvenient and often annoying. But instead of focusing on negatives that we cannot control, let’s take a minute to look at some potential positives. 5 blessings in disguise, if you will.
Being sick forces us to slow down.
We lead such busy, fast-paced lives. Sometimes it’s quite nice to slow down and focus on
the important things in life: Christ, family, friends, love, laughter.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Being sick gives us a chance to rest.
When you’re sick, rest is best. Your body needs to rest to recuperate and bounce back. And
it’s something we don’t do often enough.
“Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the
tree…that you may refresh yourselves….”
Being sick allows us the opportunity to un-take things for granted.
It is so easy to get into our daily routine and think only of Earthly things. We are all guilty of
that from time to time. When we are forced to slow down and rest, it is much easier to
remember all that we have in Christ Jesus and all He has done for us.
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came
into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
Being sick makes us stronger.
Just as when you are physically sick your body fights off the sickness and builds up
immunity for the next time you are exposed to something harmful, when we Christians
are exposed to trials and hardships, we can emerge stronger in faith with Jesus on our side.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know
that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Being sick affords us the time we desperately need to spend in prayer and study of God’s word.
It sometimes seems impossible to fit everything in one day. We moms (and dads) are busy
people. Whether you stay at home with your kids or work away from the home, you know
that each day presents unique challenges and unforseen complications in addition of your
HUGE to-do list. Sometimes it so feels overwhelming and then what about fitting in your
daily Bible study and prayer time? No matter what is thrown our way, finding a system that
works that includes daily prayer and study time is cruicial to our relationship with God.
When we are away from God for longer periods of time, it is easier to grow complacent.
Not only that, but it is much harder to give an account of God’s word to someone who is
lost if we aren’t able to point out things in scripture.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding…”
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort,
with complete patience and teaching.”
-2 Timothy 4:2
There you have it. 5 ways being sick isn’t so awful for our physical, mental and spiritual lives. Although we don’t necessarily need to be sick to slow down, rest, truly appreciate, develop stronger faith and spend time in prayer and study of God’s word, it often takes something like sickness to help us re-prioritize.