Day 8 – GOD IS THERE DURING OUR TROUBLES AND WEAKNESSES
Today’s thought is shared by Trish Patrick…
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (James 1: 19-20 )
On April 13 of this year, life, as I knew it, changed dramatically for the worse. My husband Larry became very ill and after I called 911 he was taken to the emergency room at St. Francis Bartlett where he was admitted. After several days in ICU on a ventilator, he progressed to the step down unit and finally to a regular room. Almost a month later he entered a rehabilitation facility. For several weeks he was unable to do anything but lie in bed and he returned to the hospital several times; he did not return home until August 23.
During this time of upheaval I experienced sadness, fear, discouragement, and anger. As you might imagine, I prayed a lot, cried a lot, and relied on family and friends for encouragement. I tried to find joy in the smallest sign of improvement in my husband’s condition. On many occasions I am sorry to say that I let my anger take control. I regret that I wasn’t strong enough to rely fully on God to help Larry recover.
We still have quite a journey of recovery ahead of us, but Larry is working hard and making great strides in returning to a more normal state of health. For this we give thanks to God. I still struggle sometimes with anger and resentment that all this happened to us, but I know that there are many who have endured much worse.
I am constantly trying to improve my attitude and be thankful for all the good that has come to us as well as for the love we have received from our family, our friends, and our wonderful church family. If I have learned anything from this experience, it is that I am weak and I need to rely more on God.
Dear Lord, I realize my shortcomings and pray that you will forgive me when I succumb to anger. I am grateful for every blessing and strive daily to deserve your goodness and love. Please continue to watch over us, protect us, and forgive us of our sins. In Jesus name, Amen. Patricia Patrick