This has been one of those challenging times in motherhood. Yesterday, I wound up at the OB office getting IV's and medications to help with being dehydrated. I got very sick and was having contractions. Not the good contractions that signal labor is starting. These were sharp and inconsistent and the doctor believed were due to the dehydration, It seems my body and this little boy just can't get along with food. I'm so thankful that I have a great doctor and many nurses that are very caring. I am also blessed with a wonderful husband that tried to keep me smiling and laughing through the pain.
Yesterday my mind kept going back to Haiti, There was a woman who came in that was pregnant and dehydrated. She seemed so very sick, she stayed with us most of the day receiving IV fluids. When it was time for us to leave, she was doing better, but still looked very ill. Her family helped her return to her tent or where ever it was that she was staying. She went back to a harsh life with very little comforts.
It's hard to ignore the contrast in the lives that we have. I wonder what happened to that woman and her baby. I think of how blessed I am to be able to have medical care, in air conditioning. My baby will be born in a hospital that is staffed with lots of people to help make his birth as safe as possible. I wonder why it is that God has blessed me so abundantly yet that other women suffered harsh environments and circumstances to bring her child into.
Then I keep thinking back to our Jesus Storybook Bible stories. At the end of each story it point every situation back to Jesus.No matter what the circumstance or event, it can all be viewed through the lens of Jesus Christ and His purpose. I love that about the Bible, everything points back to Jesus! So in times of difficulty when pain is part of life, when life doesn't seem fair or just. I have to keep my mind focused on Jesus. Knowing God is in control and weaving all things together for His glory. When I keep my thoughts on Jesus it helps me keep my mind on His Truth not my circumstance. It helps me trust and persevere.
The song Give Thanks keeps coming to my mind.
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give Thanks because He has given
Jesus Christ His son
And now let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord
Has done for us.