Monday, 16 June 2014

God's perfect ways {when Monday brings a surprise....}

I have been having a really enjoyable couple of weeks, and had been looking forward to some busy, but exciting, days ahead.

Then, this morning happened.

It all started so well. Up in good time, lovely time spent doing my devotions, soaking up God's Word, then breakfast.

Then, I changed Simeon's nappy and got him stripped off to dress.

That little red spot on his derrière, which I had noticed a few days ago, seemed to not be the only spot any more.


Definitely not alone.

Lots of spots around that area, up to his chest, in his elbow, around his ear, in his scalp....



Looks like we have finally succumbed to chickenpox, in the Cordle Household!

Quite frankly, I'm surprised it's taken this long to hit, but here it seems to be! So far, Simeon is happy enough, but they are a bit itchy. Once I get the chance, I will nip out and get some of the soothing gels I have had suggested to me (Witch hazel, and aloe vera), and also give him a bath with oats in a muslin bag.  Oh, and get some Piriton, and brufen for any children who also get it, who feel ill with it.

Sports day will have to be missed out on next week (sad faces, ALL around.... ) and our trip we were going to have to a lovely National Trust property.

I have the potential to have 8 very miserable children, and it could take weeks to affect them all.

Church will have to be missed.

It all has the potential to be a misery-inducing scenario.

I'm not going to let the devil beat me! My devotions, and many recent sermons I have heard, have all talked about the devil, and how he wants to attack me, and bring me down.


My God is a great God.  He's a good God.  He is a God who plans my life perfectly.

If HE says we are to have chickenpox, and throw all my "plans" in a spin, then that's the way it is.  It's my joy to cheerfully accept these providences, as PERFECT.

Thinking about 8 miserable children has the potential to be rather daunting.  But, do you know what?

"As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. 
 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? 
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect." 

Psalm 18:30-32  

"Buckler"  = my protector, and "gird" - to surround me.

God is there to protect me from those "down" feelings, and to surround me with HIS strength. All I need to do is

"call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies."
(verse 3)

I just need to ASK Him, and He will give me all I need.  Saving me from the enemies of doubt, depression, impatience, fatigue and frustration.

What sweet peace and assurance! I don't need to worry about these days ahead - the trial that is pretty certain to come -  because I can rely on His strength and protection. He will give me all I need. I need to keep my eyes up, and look to Him, and not at my own weakness. I need to not worry about the non-essentials, and just focus on being a lovely, caring, protecting, and helping Mummy.

Maybe you face a trial this week?  Maybe things could all blow up into a potentially overwhelming situation?

God is our protector and strength. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength!

1 comment :

  1. Ahhh....I still have one child who has never shown any rash......3 completely separate incidences of chicken pox in our house....during which she was completely exposed.....funny thing...
    With a big family, those illnesses can certainly stick around a long time. Disappointment is a good thing to learn about in the safety of your home, with parents who will point you to the right perspective, and also be able to see ways in which the Lord is using the situation to some benefit.
    I always have to remind myself that, though this situation took me by surprise, it did NOT take the Lord by surprise. My plans needed to be trumped for some reason.