We all know the medical reason for the flu: our body catches a virus which are tiny microorganisms that infect the body and our body then has to fend it off. This builds the immune system and is in general just a part of life.
But did you ever think what God’s reason is for the flu?
I have the flu/cold. I had to leave work and come home. At home, I took some medicine and took a nap. Then my lap cat jumped up on my lap and I petted her for a while.
Later, I took a bath with my husband. I got out and the kids got in. My husband stayed in and told stories of his childhood to the kids. All kinds of stories about hunting when he was young, chasing his younger brother, the story of all of his scars, the various places he lived when he was a child, etc.
The house is a disaster. I need to pick up dog poop. Laundry and dishes are piling up.
Yet here I lay, in bed, with my lap cat by my side, nudging me every now and then to pet her, as I listen to my husband tell the kids of how we met.
God’s reason for illness I believe is rest. It’s truly the only time I stop and rest. There’s always something to do–something demanding my attention. But when I’m sick it all can wait. And I can just rest in Him. Pray for healing. Thank Him for the rest. And it’s okay. No one will judge me because of it. And truthfully no one will care.
Everything can wait. Until I am better.
I can rest. In Him. Experience Him. In my messy house. In the tales of my family. In the love of my cat. In the blessings I now have time to count.
And God’s reasoning is unfathomable.
And in this case, I am glad.