I was just thinking about the time, a few years ago now, when I had Chicken Pox as an adult. I was the only person in my immediate family who did NOT get this virus as a child; all of my other siblings got it when they were very young, and I was fortunate not to have contracted it from them at the time.
It wasn’t until I was 29 years old, just shy of my 30th birthday, that I finally contracted this virus.
My late husband, who was sick at the time, contracted the shingles virus, which is in the same family of viruses as chicken pox. Both are highly contagious. And exactly two-weeks after his shingles episode, I contracted chicken pox.
This virus left me completely incapacitated for at least two-weeks. They say chicken pox can be worse in adults, than in children. And mine were pretty bad. I could barely lift my head up off the pillow. I had a 103 degree fever. And I had swollen glands in places I didn’t even know I had glands!
Because my husband was sick at the time with cancer, I was his primary caregiver. So, I couldn’t afford to be sick — I needed to take care of him! But, we did the best we could for one another, and praise God we were able to make it through this difficult period.
I remember one night when the virus had gotten particularly bad, getting up late to apply more itch-cream. The last thing I remember was standing in front of the bathroom mirror applying the cream — then I must have passed out. But the remarkable thing is what happened next.
When I came to, I was being lifted up off the bathroom floor. I wasn’t completely alert until I was actually on my feet.
I didn’t really remember passing out, but I had a faint recollection of hitting the back of my head on the vent on the bathroom floor. I also had no idea how long I had been out.
Some time later as I was thinking back over this incident, I thought how strange it was that after passing out I didn’t come to while lying on the bathroom floor.
It seems only logical to me that one would wake up to find themselves on the bathroom floor and wonder how they got there. But this didn’t happen to me. I was literally coming to as I was being lifted up off the floor.
My husband never woke up; he was still in bed when I went to wake him and tell him that I think I just passed out.
The ONLY explanation I could come up with was that the LORD was with me that night in the bathroom.
I wish you could have been there at that very moment when this revelation enveloped me. It was like the eyes of my understanding were being awakened to this marvelous revelation. I remember saying to the LORD, “God, it was you, wasn’t it?!” “YOU were there that night watching over me; and it was YOU who lifted me up off the bathroom floor?!”
Throughout my husband’s sickness I really felt like we were all alone during this difficult illness and stressful time in our lives. But God’s word became abundantly clear to me after this incident. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He promises to always be there. Even when we don’t necessarily feel Him — He’s ALWAYS there!
It was the LORD who awakened me that night and lifted me up off the floor, and set me back on my feet. And it is the LORD today who has awakened my grief-stricken heart and given me joy, and lifted me up on my feet and gave me the strength to stand again. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
It’s by God’s power that I stand today.
God wants to lift us up; but once He lifts us, we must be willing to stand.
We may not be able to stand under our own power, but we can always stand under God’s power. It is He who strengthens us when we are weak. It is He who takes us by the hand and leads us when we don’t know the way. And it is He who lifts us up on our feet and gives us the strength to stand again.
Are you having trouble standing? Has one of life’s many troubles knocked you off your feet? Do you feel like you are down for the count, unable to get back up?
God is able to reach down and pick you up so that you are able to stand again. Life is not hopeless. There is nothing that God cannot handle. He is the God of Hope. He holds ALL power — in heaven and earth.
Yes, God can lift you up. But be prepared!!… Because when God lifts you, you need to be prepared to STAND UP.
“And after you’ve done all you can, you just STAND!”