“You have mononucleosis.” Words from my doctor I did not want to hear. So? To bed again!
I had endured work-stoppage that fall with grace. The illness of my father had tested my faith in the indomitable goodness of the Lord’s will. I had looked on my mother’s pain with, hope for ease. The petty aggravation of broken things—equipment and bodies, had raised a slight spirit of anger; but this, this was the straw, and my spirit the camel’s back.
Days were spent on that pillow, head weighing a ton, fever stopping and starting, as I fought the despairing whys. I felt like a little child who had been spanked again and again for some unknown error. I was willing to change my unruly behavior, but I didn’t know what I was doing wrong.
One afternoon Mother came with food. The last thing she needed was to care for me. “Do you have this awful feeling that someone somewhere doesn’t like us?” I ventured timidly, afraid to reveal my stricken feelings.
“No,” she replied softly. “I have a feeling that Someone somewhere knows we won’t be the people He wants us to be without pain. Don’t ask where God’s love is. This is His shadow side. It is here in these bad things.”
Laying her hands on me, she prayed for healing. My chastened soul found comfort and the wounds began to mend.
Award-winning author Karen Mains continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
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