Aside from my Little Miss’ 10th month photos, it’s been a while since I posted anything and there are two things that can explain this.

First, horror of horrors – my Little Miss had gotten impetigo. There is no cutesy way of saying it – she contracted it from an insect bite (read: not a mosquito) that then got bacterial infection. It was frustrating, but utterly humbling, that even after all my germophobic efforts to keep her squeaky clean and covered in organic anti-mosquito lotion, the evil of impetigo was still able to sneak in with two big, red, fluid-filled blisters on my Little Miss’ soft, precious skin (one on her back and the other on her left leg). We took her to the doctor who fussed over her and was as concerned as we were. She warned me that scratching may spread the lesions so I had to keep an eye on my Little Miss to make sure she doesn’t touch the one on her leg. So, I did just that – whenever she was awake, I would play with her and watch her like a hawk. Thankfully, after a week of oral antibiotics and topical anti-bacterial treatment, the Little Miss is now impetigo-free.

The other reason for my brief hiatus is that M, one of my best girlfriends in the world, miscarried due to anembryonic pregnancy. I have never been in a situation like theirs before, but I’ve been concerned for the safety and well-being of my then unborn baby. I am not walking in their shoes, but my love for M has caused me to feel a gut-wrenching grief, that had me on my knees praying for comfort, peace and strength for her and her husband J.

I couldn’t find the will to write about anything all that week, and to be honest I’m still fighting the occasional bouts of gloominess brought on by their loss. I fully trust that God, in His wisdom and goodness has their best interests at heart, that even though it may not seem like it now, He has big, mighty plans for their future.

As He does in the case of our senior pastor who suffered from a broken neck after a motorcycle injury while vacationing two months ago.

And for our family friends who lost their mother to cancer a month ago.

No matter how much loss and grief and sickness surround us every day, God reminds us in His word that:

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message)

“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” – Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)

And in His words there is healing, comfort and peace.

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