“…It’s beginning to look a lot like sickness”

SICK
Well, with six kids it’s bound to happen at this time of year.  Yesterday Rachel took 3 of our 6 kids to see the Doctor, who were feeling pretty lousy, and she went 3 for 3 in the diagnosis department—two strep throats, one pneumonia, and a partridge in a pear tree.  If kid-sickness was a poker hand she was dealt a royal straight flush, unfortunately my insurance carrier is not affiliated with Ceasars’s Palace. So, yesterday, instead of buying the Christmas tree and hanging up the lights we were plugging in humidifiers and handing out festive cups of Amoxicillin.

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Collin was the first one up this morning, besides me, at around 7:00, and once we got downstairs and I asked him if he wanted some milk or toast he said, “no” in his sick, pathetic little 3 year old voice.  Then he opened up his mouth, pointed down his throat and said, “hurt, don’t like it.” It was really cute and terribly sad all at the same time.  He then proceeded to open up the freezer and point at the popsicles. So, I did what any good Dad would do— we ate breakfast popsicles together.

Here’s where my heart is this morning. As a father, when my kids are sick and hurting—I hurt too. And, I believe that when you and I are sick physically, mentally or spiritually, that God wants for us what any caring mother or father would want for their child.  When we suffer—God suffers with us. This truth is ultimately revealed in the cross, that when we are suffering, in our choice to choose our way over Gods way, He suffers to bring us to place of forgiveness health and wholeness.

Do me a favor and read Psalm 18 and in the comments section put the verse that speaks to you today! Remember, leaving comments really helps and so does getting on our email and/or RSS feed, which is located in the coffee mug at the top of the page. Thank You!

PSALM 18
1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, LORD,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop[e];
with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:
The LORD’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the LORD?
And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the LORD, but he did not answer.
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
I trampled them[f] like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
44 foreigners cower before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
48 who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
to David and to his descendants forever.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/28199562@N02/ tony babcock

    My relationship with God grew by leaps and bounds the moment I became a DAD, not when i became a father! Anyone can become a father, but not everyone is a DAD.

    I get a small taste of what my DAD/God thinks when I go through trials with my kids. The pain of giving them freedom of choice. The hard times of correction. The joys of mercy and forgiveness. The love that I had never known before. great blog my friend

  • Katherine Sheridan

    The verse I particularly liked today was verse 28:
    You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
    It’s not as famous as some of the other verses but it was a nice reminder to me today that no matter what I do, the Lord will keep helping me and can turn any situation around.

  • The Ordained Barista

    Katherine,
    Yes, I love that part too! Something about the idea of turning over our ability to see/keep our fire going over to God and not solely on our ability is really freeing to me. That, left on my own, I really am in darkness.

  • The Ordained Barista

    Tony, My friend. I know I have written on this topic before, but with 6 kids it’s where I am living right now. Since my kids are only 10 and under I am sure there is much that you can teach me! To be honest, having been a youth pastor for such a long time, I am a little concerned about having to be the dad of love and discipline (in love) to teens. Gulp. thanks buddy, you’re the man!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/28199562@N02/ tony babcock

    Oh by the way the photographer in me is screaming at how AWESOME the picture of your son holding the “firecracker pop” is !!! Barry that is one of those pictures that only a parent can capture that needs to be framed. what an angelic face. You are a good DAD

  • The Ordained Barista

    Coming from you, my friend, I will take that as a HUGE compliment! Thank you! I just bought a brand new Canon 5d mark II, but I took that picture with my iphone…lol

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/28199562@N02/ tony babcock

    My mentor explained to me if you give an average Joe a $30,000 Hasselblad he will bring you back some nice snapshots, if you give Ansel Adams a wallmart box camera bought in isle 4 he will bring you back a MASTERPIECE. Iphone or not that is a great shot.

    Now .. when you tire of the 5Dmark2 let me know lol