I am not quite sure why I put that exclamation point at the end of the title of this blog. It’s not at all how I am feeling. Let me fill you in. Exactly 5 days ago I woke up feeling a bit under the weather, by noon that day, I could barely move! (I know, I know, a bit dramatic!) I was struck with the Influenza A virus. This monster is no little 24 hour bug…it is full out war on your body. Fever, chills, cough, nausea, body aches, headache, extreme fatigue for the first 2 days I seriously thought I was dying, it seemed like an easy way out! By the third day, the fever broke and I felt so grateful to God for all of the blessings in my life. I had a fresh empathy for people who deal with chronic illness and pain. I thought to myself “how do they do it God, how do they keep a positive attitude?”
As I went to bed that evening I felt positive and uplifted, feeling better, only to awaken in the middle of the night with fever/chills and lots of coughing! Here we go again, I guess I will be finding out first hand how they do it!……..it’s easy to be positive when things are looking up. It takes a person of strength and character to maintain that disposition when things don’t go the way we want. To be completely honest with you, I could use a little more “strength and character”. The trials of life will come and go, God treasures our love as we stay close in the midst of illness, suffering, broken relationships, or whatever it might be. With a fever blister on my lip and ribs aching from a deep cough I choose to say “thank you God, for so many blessings, and I wait for the change that he will make in my heart!” Happy New Year!