Just when we think we are coping pretty well with our illness, we hit a speed bump. Karen explains.
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).
It can take a long time to reach the place in our lives where we accept that we are chronically ill. I have been working on it for over 20 years.
I’ve found that place of acceptance and I’m okay with traveling down this road in my life. However, this road often surprises me with speed bumps that I never saw coming.
Speedbumps are uncomfortable. They jostle you no matter how slow you pass over them.
I can be cruising down life’s road at a pretty good pace when the anger, the disappointment, and the self-pity jolt me like a speed bump!
I have accepted the fact that I worked hard for my college degree–and now I am unable to work. However, sometimes the anger and disappointment of not working comes out of nowhere (just like a speed bump you didn’t see coming!)
Most times, I don’t get upset when a friend doesn’t get why I have to decline an invitation. After all, they don’t understand what’s it’s like to feel tired all the time. However, sometimes I hit the speed bump and out of nowhere I feel mad when they say “you’ll be fine.”
I’ve committed to not let these speed bumps get the best of me. I have to ask God to help me get rid of the negative feelings. After all, I know they are wasted energy. They do nothing to change my situation.
God has a plan for each of us. He has things for us to accomplish. When we hit a speed bump, we have to get back to the task at hand–living each day in a way that serves Him.
The teaching is clear in Ecclesiastes: God gives us good and bad times. Hitting a speed bump is uncomfortable, but we must drive over it and keep going!
Prayer: When I get discouraged, help me to receive your strength. Help me to get back on my feet and steady again. Amen.
About the author:
Karen Weber has been dealing with several autoimmune diseases for over 20 years. She has led a support group and has taught classes for the community on “Living Well with Chronic Illness.”
Have you hit a speed bump recently? If so, how did you handle it?