There was no Memorial Day BBQ for our family this year. I gave my mother IV antibiotics through her Medi-Port every evening Tuesday through Sunday (and no, I'm not a nurse).
My mother is at the Emergency Room as I'm typing this post. She is beyond weak. She can't eat and drink enough to even maintain her strength, let alone gain any ground. Her hemoglobin is low, and she needs a blood transfusion. She can barely get herself in and out of bed. She needs a healing touch from Jesus.
As I very quickly scrolled through Facebook and Instagram this morning, I saw loads of pictures of people at the river/lake/ocean. Lots of pictures of BBQs and celebrations. And there's nothing wrong with that. Just because our family is going through a struggle doesn't mean everyone else is.
And it makes me wonder what I was doing while someone else's life was falling apart? Did my friends look at me in the midst of their fear and worry and think "wow, she's so lucky, her life is normal." Did I think about all the times someone else was hurting, and my life was normal?
It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives, that we forget not everyone is happy.
I want normal back.
I'm reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp.
It is a reminder that everyone has times of hurting in their life. And our job, our responsibility, as Christians is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others when they are hurting. And ESPECIALLY during times when we are hurting. That is how we take the focus off of our "valley" and we do our best to bless others. That is how we show our love.
So, in the midst of feeling absolutely overwhelmed, and desperately wanting my mother to get better so I can have "normal" back . . . how can I pray for you today??