I answered the phone and discovered it was the school nurse.
She told me that my 10 year-old son had been stung by a bee an hour ago at recess. And now he was developing hives. By the time I picked him up he had hives all over his body. He was not having any trouble breathing, but we decided to swing by the gas station, grab some Benadryl, and then head to the ER just in case.
On the drive over he said his throat hurt and it felt like a piece of food was stuck in it.
I quickly pulled into the ER parking lot and we got checked in. After over half an hour wait we were taken to a room. At this point the Benadryl was kicking in and the hives were starting to ease up.
The doctor came in to see my son and told us his throat looked clear, but they would keep an eye on him for a while.
In the end, the doctor decided that because of the severe reaction and the fact that bee sting allergies tend to be worse with a second reaction, she was going to prescribe an EpiPen.
We casually discussed what to do in the case of another reaction, and then we headed home.
God Knows Even When We Don’t
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”-PSALM 94:19
In general, I have a very calm personality.
When things go wrong I tend to keep a clear head and quickly figure out how to best manage the situation. I know panic is not a good thing, so when my kids get hurt I try to remain relaxed and reassure them that they will be okay as I figure out what to do. I generally keep my fears to myself.
So, it wasn’t until after we got home that it finally hit me:
I have a son with a possibly life-threatening allergy.
My mind started racing as I thought of all the times he had been at the park with friends or had ridden his bike a couple miles to the local soccer fields.
- What if he had been stung at one of those times?
- Would his friends have known what to do?
- And what about that week he had spent up at camp?
- What would have happened if he had gotten stung then?
And then I heard God say, “Was there ever a time when he was not in my hands?”
I have cared for my son for over ten years and had no clue that he had this allergy.
But God did.
Trust God with the Unknown
“I can rest in the fact that God is in control. Which means I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control.”-LYSA TERKEURST, UNGLUED
We have limited knowledge, limited control, and limited resources. But God knows every little detail about everything in creation. He is the One who is in complete control of everything from the rising and setting of the sun, to each and every single breath we take.
We may not know what the future holds. But we know the One who does.
The God who is BIG enough to create and rule the entire universe, is the God who is BIG enough to handle whatever comes our way. The God who holds us in His hands through every day we face.
God is not thrown off by a new diagnosis. He is not thrown off by a pandemic. He is not thrown off by unemployment, or political unrest, or anything else this world may throw at us.
When we find ourselves worrying about what today may bring or what tomorrow may hold may we remember this beautiful truth:
There is never a time when we are not in God’s hands.
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