Covid & Chamomile

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I have been MIA the past few weeks. I got Covid. I am doing much better but still battling the fatigue and some congestion. I am grateful for the support of friends and family during this difficult illness. I learned so much the past several weeks. I have lessons I am still learning too. While I have much to share, today I am going to focus on God’s provision during this season of Covid.

The first few days were filled with fever, body aches, headache, and congestion. While medicine helped a bit, I was still very uncomfortable. One night, I couldn’t sleep due to the extreme body aches. I cried out to God. Literally. I said aloud, “God please help me!” I laid on the couch, miserable. In my mind, the word chamomile came to me. Yes! Chamomile tea is a natural relaxer. I got up and made some tea. Within 30 minutes, I had less aches and was able to sleep. God showed up through tea.

The day I was to leave on my vacation, which we had to cancel, I was devastated. This is our yearly beach trip. Many of you have seen our annual boogie board pictures from this vacation. This was our 10th year to go. I can’t begin to explain the grief that overwhelmed me at missing this trip. Mid-morning on that day, there was a doorbell ring. It was a delivery of the most beautiful flowers. My friend had sent them knowing I was home, due to Covid, as a belated birthday gift. Little did she know how desperately I needed them that day. Being seen by a friend, loved by a friend, and known by a friend (I love purple) made all the difference in my heart. I immediately called her to let her know how God used her to provide me with a lift that day. God prompted her in order to uplift and comfort me.

Another incredible God moment was when I was at the ER. Long story short, Covid went after my kidneys and I had a UTI and kidney stone in the midst of Covid. Our ER didn’t have a place for Covid patients to be separate from the rest of the ER patients so they literally made us sit outside. It was over 90 degrees during the time I was sitting outside on a stone bench battling Covid and seeking help for my kidney issues. While I had brought water, as the day went on, it has lost its chill. I was miserable. I had just laid down on my stone bench when I saw a familiar face. One of my dear friends from my church was walking up. She came near and said, “God told me to bring you cold water.” I was moved to tears. She handed me cold water and a LaCroix. She reached her hand over me and prayed for my healing and comfort. Then she left. A 5 minute exchange. A lifetime memory. God once again provided.

Friends, if you aren’t seeing God in your life, you aren’t looking hard enough. Obviously in a season of distress, like Covid, I will be looking for Him and comfort. However, every single day, He does this. He shows up. He provides an idea, a solution, a friend, a thing of beauty. Look for Him. God is a God of comfort. He is in your day to day.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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