Friday night, as J and I returned home from a night out with friends, it hit me, A STOMACH VIRUS!! Oh no, I thought as it started, was it my dinner from The Varsity? was it shopping in WalMart yesterday? where did I get this? The virus continued violently through the night and even into the next evening, a true 24 hour bug. Oh, the pity I felt for myself. Oh the sadness that I had to miss the annual fair with my family. Oh the frustration at all the things I had to do this weekend and didn't get to. Even yesterday I had to miss out on a planned outing with girlfriends. AND still by Sunday evening did not feel like getting out of my bed much.
As I lay there motionless all day Saturday, I could think of nothing else, but what is wrong with me? Am I going to get dehydrated? Should I call a doctor? Well. . . I did thanks to Dr. P-joni's hubby, he resuced me with advice and the reassurance I was not indeed dying. Why is it we do that? I realized that there are so many suffering in the world daily, a pitiful 24 hours certainly did not kill me, but I wallowed in my sorrow and self-pity over this simple illness. Do I not realize all of those that hurt in pain each day. God has definitely blessed me with great health, but instead I looked inward to my own grief.
I wonder so many times why in James it speaks of considering it a joy when we suffer? What? A Joy? BUT as I am now again in the land of the living and maturing daily in my walk with Christ, I realize it is throught the bad times, sickness, and suffering that Christ teaches me more about being thankful and giving him joy and praise!! Isn't that amazing what a simple virus can do to a person? On the other hand I am so grateful he healed me, I did not get too dehydrated, and someone was there to remind me I would recover.
And a big applause for my husband that totally pulled the weight this weekend while I was down for the count. Plus, he won me a giant stuffed Fiona (the princess from Shrek) at the fair. He said the kids picked it out because I was feeling a little green. I awoke Saturday to her laying beside me and I about screamed! Thanks sweet family for pulling your weight.