Count It Joy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
BECAUSE YOU KNOW
that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
James 1:2-3

Olive woke up sick this morning. Screaming, crying, snotting. “My ear hurts, my ear hurts.” <insert sad face from mama> There is really nothing worse to me than seeing a child sick, especially my own. It is the most pitiful sight. It’s ugly. Luckily for us, Olive has been a very blessed little lady in the health department her whole life and has never really been sick. A stuffed up nose here and there, but that’s about it. So now we have this, this new thing that we’ve never experienced that I know so many parents go through. The hurting ears. We all know that means a trip to the doctors office. And let me just be honest here, ain’t nobody got time for that. Yes, the first place I want to take my sick child is where there are a ton of other sick people so she can catch whatever your blowing out of your head. NO thanks.

But let’s think about this from God’s view. He tells us to count it joy when we face trials, and we all know that having a sick little one is a B-I-G trial. When your baby is sick, count it joy.

BUT WHY???????

Wouldn’t we rather complain? Feel sorry for them? Feel sorry for ourselves for having to endure this? God says no. But how do we do this? How do we ‘count it joy’ when we can’t help. When all we can do is sit there with our babies, who are so so pitiful, and wait for them to hopefully feel better soon. God says through faith.

Even in sickness God is testing us in our faith.

Even in hurting ears God is testing us in our faith.

Our whole lives are a great, big trust game (you know the ones where you fall backwards and pray pray pray that the person behind you actually catches you). It’s the same with God, except with him we don’t have to wonder if he’s going to catch us. He always does. He always will. Even through hurting ears.

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