Sometimes things just stink. Sometimes you throw your hands up in the air and ask in a very sarcastic voice, “Really, God? Is there anything else you want to throw my way right now?” And sometimes, the answer to that is, “Yes,” and then things stink harder.
You might recall from my last post that two weeks ago we all had sinus infections and began antibiotics. This has been a house of illness since then. I’ve had what we’ll call “stomach” issues for two weeks. Zach came down with the chicken pox on Saturday. (It’s a long story.) The urgent care doctor also said he has mild pneumonia. He has to stay in the house for a week. I came down with an ear infection Sunday. Something is “off” about Eliza, where she doesn’t want to go to school and is super clingy. She busted her upper lip Sunday and had to go to the dentist. Last week our fridge broke. Last night the dishwasher did. Greg is moving into an office amid all of this. I think I’m forgetting something.
People say “When it rains, it pours,” and sometimes that is the case, like with the past several days for us. But it’s when we are at our weakest and most needy that God provides a big umbrella.
We have been covered with offers for help. One friend lent me numbing ear drops so I could sleep Sunday night before being able to see a doctor on Monday. Two friends – one who has three of her own kids – offered to take Eliza off my hands, and so I was able to get her out of the house for three glorious hours yesterday. Two friends offered to bring us dinner. One of them – another friend with three kids – made us a fantastic meal Monday night that saved the day. My next door neighbor picked up milk for me and I ordered the rest of my groceries online through Peapod.
There was a time when I thought reaching out to others for help would somehow reflect weakness on my part. But since having kids, I’ve realized it’s impossible to live life without community. And in our recent time of need, my friends and neighbors have really covered us and blessed us.
It’s only Wednesday and I already find that we’re coming out the other end of this. And that’s how it is with life’s ebbs and flows and calms and storms. The current stench is lifting and I smell a brighter day – one when I can help others in the same way they have helped me, because when your life is full of sunshine, you should have an umbrella to spare.