“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” (Isaiah 43:2-3)
Several years ago, my friend Nancy was beginning a new round of medication and knew the side effects would be nasty — puffiness, hair loss, nausea, etc. I was well on my way to a major pity party of my own. Two weeks after surgery to repair shredded tendons and ligaments on my hip, my excruciating pain had returned.
In the midst of our whine mode, we decided we should get together. Let me share the gist of our phone conversation.
Nancy: Let’s do a whine and cheese party.
Lisa: Can’t do cheese, I’m lactose intolerant – that would be a big whine. How about chocolate instead?
Nancy: Oh great! Okay, let’s get together and have coffee at Starbucks.
Lisa: Great, a whine, coffee, and chocolate party. Problem is I still can’t drive.
Nancy: I can drive. I’ll come get you.
Lisa: Great. But who will help us with our wheelchairs?
Nancy: Oh that’s right. No problem, I can walk a bit, we can park close to the door.
Lisa: Okay, maybe I can use my walker and leave the wheelchair.
Nancy: I know. . . we can call our friend Cherie to drive us.
Lisa: Yep, we can even bribe her with coffee and chocolate.
Nancy: Yes, a baby-sitting fee.
Pause. . .
Sidesplitting, tear-flowing, God-healing, whine-replacing laughter.
God knows life is difficult. He doesn’t belittle our cries. He understands our pain and promises to carry us through each day, even when we need to whine for a time.
About the Author:
Lisa Buffaloe is a madly in love with God, Christ-follower, happily-married, mom, writer/blogger/speaker. God has helped her through molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape, divorce, cancer, death, seven surgeries, and years of chronic illness due to Lyme Disease. For more information, please visit http://www.LisaBuffaloe.com .