I’m sure you’ve noticed that nothing ever happens in a vacuum. When something big happens in our lives we can’t just focus on that one thing. There are still a zillion other things to attend to.
This week we were reminded of the saying, “when it rains, it pours.” You have a picture of that already, don’t you? You can immediately think of a time when it seemed so many things were going wrong at the same time and you wanted to say, “can we be done now?”
I’ve said that to God several times in the past month. And, yes, it’s okay to say that to Him. He can handle our frustration.
So our focus for the past week or two has been to get a handle on the new routine we must keep. Medications schedules, giving shots, and logging information to keep track of blood sugars, blood pressure, and weight. It sort of feels like I’ve become the nurse at the hospital taking vitals at shift change. My mother would be proud that I’ve finally followed in her footsteps and become a nurse.
But even though we are trying hard to focus on these details, we can’t just ignore everything else. While we were in the midst of this life crisis, something else happened. Tax day. Yep, we missed it. And we had bills to pay and other deadlines to meet for the new business. None of those things went away just because we were facing this difficult situation with Randy’s health.
And then there had to be just one more thing.
Our son in Iowa called to see how his dad was doing. And, oh-by-the-way…the cats we left in his care when we moved are both in their final days. One can barely move now and the other one is in congestive heart failure. Granted, they are both 14 years old, but did this have to happen NOW? “And,” said this long distance son, “I just found termites in the house.” Our house. In Iowa. Termites can be expensive. And did I mention? My husband hasn’t worked in over a month. Translate that to no paycheck. And, termites can be expensive.
Can we be done now?
This is the time when a person must choose to fight despair. It’s the human response to allow hopelessness to start moving in. But our response as Christ Followers must be a different one.
To be in despair can also be called “downcast,” which means just what it sounds like. To look down, to be depressed and discouraged.
Instead of becoming downcast, the scriptures tell us to look up. God is still watching over every detail. Now is the time to look up and set our eyes on the One who holds it all together.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 43:5) NIV
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, he calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. ( Isaiah40:26) NASB