On Friday I had to rush to my son’s school to pick him up because he had a temperature. Matthew’s ’sick day’ turned into a ‘sick weekend’ and today he had to take another ‘sick day’ from school. It’s not fun being sick!
These past four days I’ve prayed with my son, hugged him, taken his temperature dozens of times and my husband and I have reorganized our schedules to make sure our son knows we are there for him, his sick days have become ours as well. Why? Because we love him and hate to see him wrapped up in covers shivering, sweating, crying, and moaning. I can honestly say I wish it was me instead of him.
Today as I drove to work, knowing that I’ll have to go back in a bit for his doctor’s appointment, I prayed for him and thanked God that it isn’t anything permanent, and was reminded about how much our Heavenly Father cares for us.
There’s a Scripture that I memorized as a child in Psalm 103 that stated how God is compassionate as an earthly father is, and I never quite understood it as well as I do now. I care so much, that I would rather have to deal with what my son is battling now than watch him go through it. That’s how our Heavenly Father is, He cares for what we’re going through, He loves us, He is filled with compassion, and sometimes we need to be reminded of that.
If you’ve struggled with the thought that if you took a sick day no one would notice, no one would miss you, no one would care, please remember that God cares, and no matter how busy He may be, your sick days matter to Him. He’s there to love you, care for you, comfort you, and deliver you from whatever it may be that is ailing you. Just in case you’d forgotten, today is just a quick reminder that He cares.
“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
Psalm 103:13 (NLT)