Most homeschool moms dream of having a week, heck, a day, go as planned without any interruptions. I know I am not the only one. Unfortunately, life happens! Sometimes a sickness, an injury, a natural disaster, or someone in need will completely “mess up” your plans. At this time, we have a choice on how we see this “set back.” We can choose to say, “I have to _____,” or we can choose to have joy and say, “I get to _____.” I get to take care of my child. I get to have the opportunity to help someone or simply listen and pray with them. Having the right attitude and perspective is everything and an example for our children. If you know me, you have heard me say, “It could always be worse!”
At this moment, my youngest daughter has experienced a knee injury during Tumbling & Trampoline Team practice. We have had to take time out to see an orthopedic doctor, to take x-rays, to get an MRI only to find out that the MRI machine was down at the facility where we were referred, BUT praise God another facility not too far had an opening, and we took it. Praise God we have insurance. Praise God we live in an area where these imaging facilities are almost everywhere and praise God that the injury is not worse. Yes, she cannot practice nor participate in any sports for the next 3 weeks and will need physical therapy for the next 6 weeks, but that’s nothing! It could always be worse. I have a friend whose daughter has been recently diagnosed with a pretty serious autoimmune disease that will more than likely require some lifestyle changes. Another sweet friend reminded me today of how much worse this situation could be as she shared with me about a 13-year old girl who is having her leg amputated at the knee because of bone cancer. So, yes, it’s inconvenient for my daughter to be on crutches. Yes, it takes her longer to do everything. Yes, I have to help her with a lot of what she does during her daily activities which of course puts me even more “behind,” right? However, this is only for a little while, and we are not facing a more serious diagnosis and procedure.
As I reflect on my day today, I am most thankful for the many people praying for us on a daily basis and extremely thankful to be reminded of real-life examples of how this is only temporary. In the meantime, I will remember that God is good all the time and trust in His word because “We know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” Today, I choose joy even though I am tired. Today, I choose to say, “I get to serve God by serving my child.”
What interruptions have you faced lately, or are you facing right now? I’d love for you to comment below, so I can pray for you.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3