How are you? I hope you have had a chance to get some sun in today. It was beautiful outside. I think I have hit a record in my life this week. I haven’t left our house for six days, except to walk and get the mail, so if this post sounds a little loopy it could be because I have gone a bit stir crazy.
It’s normal for me to be home most of the time but most weeks our kids have activities that they need taxing to, this week, however has been different. The stomach bug has taken over our lives. Well, not really but it has kept us home, kept us up at night and kept our wash machine on overload.
If you have a large family, you know that when this type of bug hits it’s only a matter of time before the next family member may be at risk. It’s really not fun especially when you are not feeling well yourself. If you have been following my blog and think that this sounds familiar you are right. Last year at this same time we were fighting this same type of bug. Why it chooses this time of year I don’t know, but I sure hope it doesn’t become a tradition.
It hasn’t been all bad though, these kinds of days or weeks slow you down a bit and give you time to do some things you have been wanting to do but haven’t made the time for, like making that picture book of your Disney Land trip, or reading aloud a family favorite book for hours, or painting pictures quietly so your sibling can rest.
It was during this time of quiet that I started going back through pictures on my phone. I had been avoiding this for months now, because pictures bring memories and those pictures had a little one that is no longer a part of our lives. As I continued to scroll further and further back I came upon the picture I had taken of the book “Anything” by Jennie Allen. Oh my goodness, this book, that prayer, those posts I wrote. Do you remember the anything prayer? When you tell God “I will do anything you ask me to do”. Big right?
You know that prayer I prayed, that maybe you did too. It was a year ago around this time because it came around the time I was preparing to speak for a retreat and we just had our second retreat a couple of weeks ago.
A year goes by and I had forgotten. Forgotten I had said yes to “anything”.When I look back at this last year since I prayed that prayer, I didn’t know that we would be saying goodbye to one foster daughter and saying hello to another. That I would have multiple opportunities to speak, first and second grade girls to teach and a new ministry leadership opportunity would open for me to serve in.
While many of those were exciting to say yes to, the part I didn’t expect with praying “anything” was saying yes to walking through brokenness and pain as well. Maybe you too can look back and relate to some exciting things God asked you to do and then maybe there were those hard things that you had to go through as well.
Friend, maybe you won’t have a sick week at home to go back through your phone but if you have some time alone maybe you too should go back and remember. Because sometimes going back helps us step forward.
Have a great night and stay healthy!