Day 2 of A Mother’s Perspective: Trusting God with a Sick Child
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NKJV).”
The very instant a newborn baby is placed into his loving mother’s arms, the worry begins. “What if he doesn’t eat?”, “What if he stops breathing?”, “What if I don’t know what to do?” and the list goes on. It doesn’t stop as her children get older, either. I am 38 years old, and my mom still insists on receiving a text from me if I am driving somewhere by myself. We worry about those we love, because we don’t want anything bad to happen to them and wish to protect them at all costs.
Having a child with medical needs brings on a whole new list of
worries. “What if an emergency happens?”, “What if the doctors are wrong?”, “What if there is no solution?”, “What if she needs to be in the hospital for a long time?”, “What about my other kids?”. These worries and anxieties occur every day when you have a child with a medical diagnosis, because any day can quickly take a drastic turn. You worry about being prepared for the uncertain future, about making the best decisions concerning their care, and about keeping them as healthy as possible. It’s a lot to weigh on a momma’s heart, and oftentimes can feel overwhelming and consuming.
I remember feeling incredibly overwhelmed, scared, worried, and anxious about my daughter one evening as I was folding the laundry. She had been in the hospital again and was back home recovering.
There were still many unanswered questions, and new concerns after this visit. As I folded the clothes, my mind was racing with questions and concerns about her health and her future. I was feeling stressed and lonely, not even knowing what I needed in that moment. My phone alerted me to a text, which was from a good friend and fellow special needs mom. She was simply checking in on me, asking how things were going and what she could pray for. As I let her know how I was feeling and what I needed, I could feel the worry and anxiety begin to subside. What I had needed was someone who completely understood how I was feeling to offer comfort, encouragement, and prayer. How did my friend know that I needed her kind words right at that moment? She didn’t, but God did, and used her. How thankful I am to have friends who can offer comfort and encouragement when I need it most, and more importantly, who are willing to be used of God for this very purpose.
The apostle Paul’s words to the church in Corinth are so powerful: The God of all comfort offers comfort to us so that we, in turn, can comfort others. This life is a stressful one and filled with uncertainties. But the Bible is filled with promises from a Heavenly Father who cares about each and every one of our needs. And if you are willing, He may just use you right at the perfect moment to offer comfort to someone else in need.