One Thankfully Sick Reminder

Sometimes God really does work in weird ways. This weekend I found myself thankful for something rather odd. Has that ever happened to you? #Todolist #Devotions #Thankful

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It never fails around this time of year when as a mother my to-do list is filled with all that needs to get done around the house for company to come over, the shopping list is made even if it is still in my head, and nightmares of Christmas lights fill my head while I sleep (that last one is a blog post to come).

It’s a busy season.

But, when is it not?

And that’s probably why I found myself sick at the beginning of last week and still sound like a very old smoker. (Although, I like to think of it as my sexy-voice like that episode of Friends where Phoebe gets sick.)

So, when my weekends have been filled with fun, family, and service, with literally not a moment to myself, getting the wind (or ability to breathe) knocked out of me is almost welcomed as an excuse to sit down.

Well, not really… because there’s too much to do! :)

But as I decorated my Christmas tree this weekend with only the ability to listen to the carols when I usually belt them out at the top of my lungs, I found peace in the silence. It was just me, my tree, and my worship filled heart.

Being sick reminds me that I need to learn how to rest.

I often use Exodus 33:14 “And he said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest,’” as an excuse to not have to sit. In my head I’m thinking Well, I started my day with God, I’m going with God, and He’s going with me, so I’m resting. If I’m not stressing, I’m resting. Right?  (Click to Tweet) Tell me I’m not the only one who rationalizes like this at times.

But through having Lupus and the new reality that it takes my body twice as long to recover as most, I have to realize that even God rested on day 7.

I know that.

In my head, I know that.

But for some reason I can’t picture God sitting under an umbrella on the beach with the good book or wrapped in a blanket next to the fire with coffee in hand listening to the angels latest live album.

The thing I need to remember is… While I don’t have eternity to complete my to-do list, I must complete it in light of eternity. (Click to Tweet)Sometimes God really does work in weird ways. This weekend I found myself thankful for something rather odd. Has that ever happened to you? #Todolist #Devotions #Thankful

So, I’m thankful that I’m sick just in time for Thanksgiving. It slowed me down just in time to remind me to enjoy all of the other things in this life I’m thankful for especially my family and friends.  Call it another reminder to this Mary,  that I need to take time to sit at the feet of Jesus and be present with those I love. Well that’s a whole other post! (It really is, click here to read it.)

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  • Steven Tessler

    I love my rest… But once I’m up I’m active for all of that time. I rarely get sick but when I do I’m still going.

  • David Mike

    Silver lining is that you got it out of your system before Thanksgiving. I don’t rest, ever. Even sitting, I’m the shake the table with my bouncy nervous leg guy.

    • Shelly Tiffin

      Well as you can tell, I’m not great at it. I’m laying in bed with the laptop :)