Last Thursday, Erin came over to show me her rash. "Mom, I think I have chicken pox."
Now, that's not a normal thing to hear from your 30-year-old child. Even if she is the oldest of our seven children AND NONE OF THEM EVER HAD CHICKEN POX!
Yes, they all were exposed plenty of times. And when the immunization came out later in the 1990's, the three youngest had the immunization.
Here's the hard part....Erin is 12-13 weeks pregnant. She gets her blood results back today telling us for sure whether or not she has chicken pox. Her doctor was honest and clinical about the risks to the baby from the virus. And Web MD isn't favorable at all.
It has my mother-heart wondering, why now?
But, Erin shared with me yesterday that she took a long walk and cried and prayed. The only prayer she could pray was "God, You know, You know."
And she rests in that.
Her hope and faith is not in what the doctor says or doesn't say, and it certainly isn't in Web MD.
Her hope is in God alone. He knows.
Whatever you are facing, no matter what anyone says.....God knows. Take a lesson from Erin's faith today......I am. ~Robin
She sent me this post this evening:
You know those times when you are going through something super hard and you just don't know what to do? Your mind won't settle down, you know you should be in the Word and praying like crazy, but frankly you can hardly make yourself function. What do you do at times like this?
I had moments like this over the weekend as I was faced with hard and bizarre circumstances. I kept thinking where's that book that tells me step-by-step how to act and what to do when you possibly have the chicken pox (at 30 years old, pregnant with my third child, of all things), and the chance that my unborn child may come into this world scarred, handicapped, or with mental retardation. Where in the heck am I supposed to get answers?
Well, for me, when my mind won't settle down I need to get my endorphins going and this means some sort of exercise for me. I went on a 4-mile power/prayer walk and even though I tried hard to pray, about all I could get to was, "God . . . you know." And really I kept repeating that phrase over and over for the 45 minutes that I walked.
I came home and sat down with my Bible and just chose a Proverb. I really wasn't getting anything out of it until I read Proverbs 16:20b "Things work out when you trust in God". (The Message) I closed my Bible. That is all I need to know. I prayed that God would keep that verse in my head all day, and He did.
He was able to calm my mind by me just praying, "God . . . you know." And He would answer, "Things work out when you trust in Me." And that's all I needed. I truly believe this.
What do you do when things seem out of control?