The Blessing of an Illness


I know. It’s Pollyanna of me to look for the rainbow while I’m in the storm. It’s my nature. I’ve been down with an ear infection (or worse) for a week now. I gave my body permission to be sick over the long weekend (President’s Day) but I was planning on being well again by Tuesday. However, my body disobeyed me! ARRGH!! 😉

The musing that I have been thinking about during my down time is this –

illness rips the trivial out and leaves in its wake only energy for the most important.

I’ve been able to cuddle my daughters more this weekend, which is truly needed as we spend too much time going, and going. I relaxed with my hubby as we did some activities that he wanted to do (instead of the endless list of things I needed to accomplish for the family, or for work). I received Priesthood Blessings and listened to a CD *that my dear friend sent me –  activities which edified my soul and reminded me of my purposes here on earth, and I watched some documentaries for work* – which got me excited to teach classes and is a reservoir of knowledge for future teaching.

As I’m still feeling dizzy and have a clogged, ringing ear (I’m now thinking that it’s an inner ear thing, antibiotics this week have not cleared it up and I have an appointment with an ENT Specialist on Monday). The whole process has slowed me down.  But it has also made me trust the Spirit and my students (who are absolutely amazing and wonderful!) I’ve had to trust my family to step-it-up (chores, be more independent, etc.). I’ve had to trust my body that it will heal and my Father in Heaven that I am still called to the work despite my faults and flaws.

So I leave you with this – if you are one that is going 100 miles an hour – it’s okay to slow down. So when those moments come, be it through a pregnancy, or an illness, or circumstances changing – enjoy and find the blessings of the pockets and slow wisps of time for you. Turn off the “rat race” and drink in the beauties and the moments of the wonderful people around you. This stage of life in a temporal sphere will not be forever. You will be more, so much more than you can possibly imagine – so enjoy the now!

Do you suppose it matters to our Heavenly Father whether your makeup, clothes, hair, and nails are perfect? Do you think your value to Him changes based on how many followers you have on Instagram or Pinterest? Do you think He wants you to worry or get depressed if some un-friend or un-follow you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you think outward attractiveness, your dress size, or popularity make the slightest difference in your worth to the One who created the universe?

He loves you not only for who you are this very day but also for the person of glory and light you have the potential and the desire to become.

More than you could ever imagine, He wants you to achieve your destiny—to return to your heavenly home in honor.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Living the Gospel Joyful, October 2014

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9

* If you are interested in the media that I had the privilege of enjoying this week, I can’t recommend them more!

Ganel-Lyn Condie’s CD, You are Already Walking on Water   – This is a recording from a talk that she gave at the end of the year (December 2017). Her personality is so warm and welcoming, and as she speaks, she allows herself and all of us to be there in our broken states, and yet still helps the listener to see our tragically flawed human lives that are still full of purpose and value!  It is relatable and endearing. She beautifully uses the scriptures and ties in life stories and then challenges the listener to look at everything in our life’s work as sacred (especially simple things [so often treated by the world as mundane] such as the sacred service of changing diapers or making dinner). Such a needed reminder!

BYUTV 2017 Documentary, America’s Sacred Ground: Kirtland –  Such a wonderful documentary about the Church in Kirtland, the building of the temple, the glories and trials. It also has a section on some more modern day moments in Kirtland’s history. I am teaching the first half of the Doctrine and Covenants this semester and this Documentary makes me so excited for the Kirkland revelations!

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