The Flu

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
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"Oh Mommy, why did this happen to me, and how long will it last?" These were four-year-old Ade's words when she caught the flu this winter. She was confused as to how she got sick and was concerned as to how long she was going to be feeling so awful.

My heart went out to her, for I knew just how she was feeling, as do all of us who have battled the nasty bug called the flu.

Ade is not the only one to voice these questions, however, for when hard things happen in life to any of us, we too often echo the words, "Why did this happen to me, and how long will it last?"

Perhaps, it is an illness that has taken hold upon our lives, or we have lost a loved one, and our grief seems more than we can bear. In fact, the list is almost endless when we consider any number of instances that can occur that we simply wish had not found us. All of this can prompt us to wonder why and how long we might be called upon to live with them.

Yet very often, though we may pray and ponder, we may never know why or how long. Instead, we must rely upon our faith in an awesome God, Who loves us and always wants the best for us, to see us safely through the darkness to the light once again.

So, let us not lose heart when we are assaulted by life in a way that causes us to cry out, "Why did this happen to me, and how long will it last?" Instead, let us take heart.

God promised Israel through the prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 31:13b – I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. (ESV)

He will also do the same for us, in His own time and in His own way. This is a truth that we can count upon, no matter what.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can count on You to turn our darkness into light in Your time and in Your way. Encourage the hearts of those today who are struggling with the stresses of this world and wondering why this has happened to them and how long it will last. Strengthen them to take heart and to rest in Your promises of goodness to all those who place their trust in You. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen, Lynne. Been there done that.

    Hard times can bring us closer to God.

    Good questions are always helpful! Blessings.

    I hear you, Lynne. Always love your family stuff. Thank you.

    Thanks for the reminder and timely prayer, Lynne. God bless!

    Thanks, Lynne.
    How great is our God!

    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us!

    Thank you for this scripture I need this morning. I’m off to get covid test then drive to the boat for the trip to see my hubby. Congestive heart failure so the doctor says. Thanks for praying, God bless.

    We look forward to your devotionals as they often are right on the “mark” for what we need that day.
    Please continue to provide us with your words of wisdom and encouragement, they are much appreciated.

    Good morning, Lynne.
    Another incredible Devotional. I just had COVID and tomorrow my isolation period is over! Praise be to God. I got through this with little to lasting effects, not even a cough. Our God is LOVE.
    Have a blessed day and week.

    Thanks for reminder of God’s goodness. It is so hard when your child develops a medical issue that won’t seem to go away. Our daughter suddenly developed severe headaches a few years ago and is being treated for chronic migraine. She left a good paying, but very stressful job, but the headaches persist and some of the medication is very expensive. We keep praying for relief but feel so helpless.

    Good afternoon, Lynne,
    Confronted with the news from Ukraine on a daily basis, I ask myself a similar question, which I am sure the people of Ukraine are asking over and over again, “Why did this happen to us and how long will it last?” And it is my daily prayer, or words to that effect, that the Lord will turn their darkness into light. Soon!
    Thank you for your good words.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for this very meaningful and timely devotional to enforce the fact that we need be patient and wait upon the Lord. His timing and His way of answering our prayers is always the best outcome for us. I know myself, due to a present health issue I have been saying, “Lord please resolve this” and “I want this to be over” but I know the Lord has His reasons and I must be patient as His plan will be for the best. Blessings for these very special and reassuring writings you deliver.

    Good morning, Lynne,
    Such a positive devotional. We have all been in that place of feeling sorry for ourselves and thinking we do not deserve this to be happening to us. The words of the hymn sum it all up also.
    When we turn to the Lord, he can lift us out of our darkness and into the light.
    I hope that spring is beginning to come in Alton. We have lots of snowdrops appearing in gardens with robins hopping around so even though there is some snow in the forecast for this evening, we know spring is on its way.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for the wonderful encouragement your devotional in this morning’s PresbyCan brought me.
    I am a rector with the Anglican Church in Ontario. I’m beginning to have signs of mental fatigue, forgetfulness and lack of focus. The travel from the mainland to the Island each week combined with the five small churches I’m responsible for is taking its toll; this ole tent that my spirit lives in, just ain’t what it used to be. It’s time I lighten the load. I’ve declared semi-retirement as of later this year and will be taking one of my old single-point charges in a small church.
    Reading your devotional this morning was no coincidence. Please continue to write for your words mean so much to those out there that need to hear them; they are messages from God.
    In the peace and the love of Jesus.

    Sincere thanks, Lynne!

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