Annie—Praise God…just like Mama taught me!
My mom has taught me many things growing up, but one of them is the importance of praising the Creator for the good and bad in life. So, this week, I’m going to tell you guys about something I’m grateful for that happened in my life this past week! Are you ready?!
…….I GOT THE FLU! :D
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Annie has officially cracked.” But no, that’s not the case (Although, check back after mid-terms and that answer may be different ha-ha). I really am thankful I got the flu, and here’s why!
This past Monday I went from perfectly fine to body aches, a fever, and throwing up in a matter of 10 hours. The next day, my fever had shot up to 103, and I emailed my teachers telling them I wouldn’t be in class. A few hours later, after a phone call to my mom, my lovely suitemate dragged me to the University Health Center, where I was told I had Flu B, a strand of flu which is fairly rare and only occurs in tight living spaces (like dorms). They gave me a note saying I was not supposed to return to class or work until the following Monday, a prescription to help with my symptoms, and sent me on my way. I was in so much pain. My head, along with the rest of me, hurt all over, my fever persisted to remain high despite the measures I was taking to bring it down, and I could keep down no solid food whatsoever. I was getting scared. I’d had flu before, but never like this.
On Wednesday, my mom called me, and said something I had secretly been dying for her to say: “Maybe I should come up to school and get you. I don’t like you dealing with this on your own, and I feel helpless from here. Take some time to think about it. If you want to come home, I’ll drive up tomorrow and get you.” Her words were like music to my ears. I talked it over with some friends, and they all agreed I should take my mom up on her generous offer, so a little while later I called Mom back and said, “Yeah, Mom. I think you should come get me.” The next day, that’s exactly what she did. With clearance from Thatcher and my note excusing me from class, my mom and I made the three hour trip back to my hometown, and I spent the rest of my week in my bed at home. My fever broke miraculously Thursday morning, so I wasn’t miserable at home, but I was grateful to be able to get some strength back with my parents by my side.
So, my praise this week is about my parents, especially my mom. Not only is my mother one of the most humble human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, but she is the closest thing I have found in this world to what God’s love should look like. The second her child was in trouble, my mom came running; THAT’S love. It didn’t matter that she had work or anything else! Her baby was in trouble, and nothing was going to keep her away. I think that’s how God’s love operates; He sees us in trouble, and the second we give Him the green light to help us, He comes running to our side to help us lift whatever burden it is we may be struggling with. I’m telling you guys about this because with mid-terms this week, we all have our burdens, and like my flu, our burdens may have hit us out of nowhere: a paper we didn’t know about, an extra quiz to study for, a fight with a friend, anything! Some burdens may be lighter or heavier than others, but they are burdens nonetheless, and we can choose to take them on by ourselves, but it’s going to be a lot harder to get through. I could have chosen to not take my mom up on her offer. I could have ridden out the rest of my flu here at school, but I would have been miserable, and I might not have the energy I have right now to get through the coming week. Everything goes much more smoothly when we have help, and this coming week will be no different.
So, I’m thankful I got the flu because it reminded me to always take God up on His offer to help me with my burdens (and the extra loving I got from my mom wasn’t too bad, either!).
Never feel shy or weak if you want to ask for God’s help, and always remember that oh so famous verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Good luck this week, everyone! Let’s do God proud!
Until next entry,