Part of me feels like complaining about life right now. I’m sick, my kids are sick and we’ve felt like that for nearly two weeks now. It’s left us tired and depleted and we’re over it! But that hasn’t been the sum total of our lives. In the midst of the sickness there have been good gifts that remind us that God’s kingdom is on the move and far bigger than my temporary illness. Instead of complaining, I’m being asked to trust that at all times God is at work in the world. Therefore, instead of withdrawing into complaint, I need to adopt a posture of co-operating with God, even in sickness.
During the week I was part of a team that helped lead a couple to acknowledge Christ as their Lord, and to come against some things that had been obstructing them. I got to chat with my neighbour who is becoming very conscious of the presence of God in his life. I was part of my daughters 10th birthday party. These are all great and wonderful things, but they required a very deliberate choice to co-operate with God and be present in those moments. Tiredness and sickness wanted to steal those moments. They could have other moments but not those ones.
This posture of co-operation also helps me to receive the beauty of the spring season. Warmer temperatures, the burst of colour from magnolias, cherry blossoms and tulips, and the joy of being outside more, are all reminders of the God of life and the God of joy. It serves as medicine for weary souls and sick bodies.
I can’t write much more. The concentration is waning and the need to lie down is becoming urgent, but even then the invitation is to rest with God. So, may your posture be open to God and his love, may we all co-operate with the Spirit, and may Jesus be our hope and our strength even as our bodies are weary.
Grace and peace.