(Along with the diagnosis of Lupus, comes many unpleasantries. Lupus is a disease of inflammation. Sometimes this affects my joints. Other times, my gut.)
I awoke to the all too familiar pangs of what I commonly refer to as “Lupus gut.” Not having given birth, I call on my past experience as a delivery nurse when I liken it to labor. Waves of intense cramping, followed by bouts of nausea, force me into fetal position as I wait out this latest episode.
As I lie there, curled up into as tight a ball as I can make, a faint “ding” comes through my new smart phone, the one I said I would never buy because I didn’t want to be tied to a phone. I bought it anyway in an effort to make my life as a social media manager a bit easier. The irony of how it now blesses is not lost on me this morning.
“Good morning. How are you?” is the message I read. It comes from a far-away friend. One I have not yet hugged in person, but has become a sister of the heart. A true friend in whom I can confide anything. I am safe knowing I can respond with, “My belly really hurts. Please pray.” I have no doubt she will do exactly that. Fervently.
Time is passing slowly, and I realize I am moaning when my son comes darting into the room. “Momma, are you okay?” I share with him also, about how my belly hurts. This sweet child of mine lays his hands on my back, and begins to pray out loud, “God, I know we don’t deserve healing or forgiveness . . . but please make my mommy feel better.”
In that moment I find comfort amid the obvious discomfort.
Jesus has drawn two people unto Himself today.
Make that three.
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Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. (James 5:13)