…It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (Matthew 9:12 NIV)
On Thursday of last week I was in the midst of preparing to pack up the house before my husband arrived with the U-Haul, plan two baby showers for which I was serving as hostess, and complete a major project at work the next morning. I knew this weekend was approaching so all week I tried to gear up and stay focused and ignore my need for rest. While I was packing, my daughter accidently bumped her head on the wooden base board of our bed frame while playing on the floor. Hearing the loud thump and the screams that came after, I ran to her to find her covering her eye. “Lord please don’t let me see a gash, her face is too cute. (Not kidding)….beats pass, okay whew, no gash, just a bump.” As I consoled her and finally settled her down I knew that a bump that hard could cause a concussion, so I started observing and assessing her, pupils and all. She finally rested to sleep and I figured it was just a hard bump that would probably incur a head ache in the morning.
That next morning I proceeded to take my shower while she lay in the bed watching her favorite morning show on Nick Jr. As I exited the shower I heard cries of “Moooommy, I threw up!” And sure enough, my head board and sheets were covered. Taking her to the bathroom to clean her up I noticed that she was oddly lethargic. In my head I thought “This must be a concussion, vomiting is a symptom!!” Rebuke in effect!! Upon further assessment, she confirmed that she was not feeling well, and the vomit came….again! (Must be a concussion!)
At this point I knew that all plans for the day had to take an immediate back seat because MY BABY WAS SICK. I drove to the doctor and made my appointment while en route. As the nurse told me that I could come on in, I was parking the car! Talk about proactive. The pediatrician suspected a concussion as well, so we were sent for a CT scan. While waiting on the registration process at the Pediatrics Unit of the hospital, I had to stand for about 20 minutes answering registration questions. The receptionist said, “Ma’am, I know your arms are tired (I was holding my child), I will try to hurry in a minute.” Here is where my Empowermoment was birthed. I replied, “Ma’am, it is quite alright. My baby is sick, and if I had to hold her in my arms for 20 weeks I would.”
That’s just how God does us. When we are at our lowest point, He is there holding us until we get better. As soon as my daughter became sick, I went to clean her up. God will help you clean up your mess, because He loves you that much! I was at the doctor’s office before she even accepted the appointment. God has already arrived to the problem before you even knew it existed. Ever heard “the squeaky wheel gets the oil?” God loves us so much that even though it seems as if He has better things to do, when His child is hurting, He is there to hold them along the way. When you are sick in your spirit, broken in your heart, or crushed in your soul, God is holding you until you get better. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. ( Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, we would walk side by side through life, but when I needed you most, I saw only one set of footprints in the sand. The Lord replied, “I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trials and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.” (Excerpt from “Footprints in the Sand”)
Thank You for being there for me and running to my rescue when I am at my weakest. Help me to remember that You love me. And although I go through trials and tribulations You are right there helping me to heal so that You can restore me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you today to rest in the comfort of knowing that God knows all about your tough situation and that He is there to carry you through it.
Praise Report: The CT scan results were negative and my little Twinkle Toes is back to prancing around on her tippie toes, WITHOUT A SCRATCH OR BRUISE. God is able!
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.