If you and I were planning on having a coffee date in person, I would (unfortunately) suggest to reschedule because I have been sick with a nasty cold of some sorts. But if you insisted, then I would welcome you to my home and give you an air hug in order to take every precaution necessary to see you stay healthy.
Due to a sore throat + ringing in the ears, I would ask you to do most of the talking by catching me up on your life. Gladly, I would listen to all you have to say.
+ What new things have you been learning lately?
+ Any awkward moments you'd like to tell me about?
+ How is your heart, truly?
Perhaps you would share with me some answers to those questions, and we would spend awhile talking about your heart – trying to understand how and why it feels the way it does. Then to bring about a lighter topic, we would laugh at the mound of tissues on my bedside or the way my hair sticks up because it hasn't been washed in a few days. And I would probably retell the story of how my sister's dog frightened me so much this morning I leapt over the gate, shrieking from fear.
If you asked me how I was feeling, I would tell you that although this cold-flu-virus has kept me feeling miserable + a bit sad, I am actually really thankful. Because there was a time not too long ago where I felt sick every part of the day. Maintaining the energy to stay awake was often a chore, and all the other symptoms I faced are a memory I will never forget. The doctor visits, no answers, various blood tests, resting in bed, many prayers, different diets, vitamins, get well messages... they are all still very fresh in my mind. Although I'm not 100% better, I am very thankful because my health has turned around so much since last year. In comparison, this cold is nothing, really!
I would tell you that through my time of sickness, the Lord moved in mighty ways. Although the physical healing did not come as quickly as I wanted, He brought about restoration to areas that I now see as even more important: my family + my heart. The way He moved was not seen easily by the eye, but I knew that He was taking me through a process that was invaluable.
As we finish sipping the last bits of our coffee, tea, or an Emergen-C vitamin drink (for me), I think we would take a few moments to simply breathe. To remind each other that whether in sickness or health, we each have a purpose.
And when our coffee date draws to a close, that's what I hope you will remember. You, my friend, have a purpose. The Lord knows what you need + when you need it.
Happy Friday, and greetings from a girl on her sick day!