When I’m Rattled . . .

The Question: Have I seen the Hand of God Reaching Out to Touch Us Today?

Truthfully, I’m a little rattled this week. An old friend approached me trying to clear the air over a long disagreement while I held another friend’s crying baby in my arms. My new doctor informed me at a routine check-up that she found something that might really be nothing but that I would need further tests. And, my flu shot brought me a fever, aches and a sore throat.

Blessings abound, but they seem diminished by my anxious soul. In the midst of the sicky chills, I considered all-the-ways-I’m-going-to-die-from-whatever-it-is-I-possibly-may-have-but probably-don’t in between reciting lines of what I could have said during the confrontation.

All this just before I kneel to say my nightly prayers. Probably not my best moment before God. How can I answer the question, let alone pray with gratitude?

Paul answered for me, “The crying baby restrained you from saying something stupid.”

He’s right. The anxiety of these moments can be erased with the realizations that God was really there.

First, during that heated moment, the baby had all the emotion the room could handle. Ironically, the more emotionally charged I wanted to be, the louder the baby cried. But I didn’t lose control because he needed me to be an adult.

Second, I’ve never gone to a female doctor before, and my new doctor is a woman. Her reassurance in a moment of uncertainty mattered to me. I just allowed my mind to wander down the wrong road after I left her office.

Third, if my 12-hour “mini” flu reminds my children what it’s like for mom to get sick (Eh thanked me for making dinner even though I felt icky), it is worth it.


  1. Rebecca
    Oct 23, 2008

    Wow, way to look at the glass half full! I could use some of that perspective around here more often. This is a great post!

  2. An Ordinary Mom
    Oct 25, 2008

    I ask myself this question every day. It helps me keep things more in proper perspective. Some days, though, are still better than other days 🙂 !!

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