It’s Easter! Easter last year looked much different to us than it did today! Let me back up a few days and then we’ll get caught up to what today is all about :o)
So…We came home from Colorado at 1am on April 1st which was one year since we had been home. We had a few days here, packing and getting other sorts of things like that accomplished before we headed back on the road. I know what you might be thinking…are we crazy? Yes! Haha! This time Cale had an ENT appointment in Seattle. I had originally planned for us to leave Wednesday, but since we had only been home a couple days, we waited to leave Thursday morning and got into Seattle right in time!
Now that Cale’s brother is stationed at Ft. Lewis, we wanted to stay with them and visit for a couple days. The plan was to drive back today, but the stomach flu floated through the house so we bolted a day early. I was hoping we had gotten out safely, but that morning Cale had a questionable bathroom experience. I kept asking if he was going to throw up, but he kept saying he was fine. We made several stops on the way home for him to have more questionable experiences, but still I was hoping we were safe…at least until we got home.
About an hour from home Cale suddenly said, “My tummy feels really bad!” Uh oh!!! I had a Target bag in the back seat that I handed him hoping it would catch whatever was needed…
He was about to throw up (gagging and everything), so I put my hand on his back and with my eyes still fixed on the road, I began to pray for peace in his body and comfort in ways that (once again!) I couldn’t give to him. A minute later he set the bag down, sat back and didn’t throw up! In fact, he said he was ok!!!!
Right after walking in the door, about 10 minutes after, it all came. From everywhere. I
For most of the day we’ve been resting. I’ve managed to get a ton of things done that were stacked up and a few things more organized…our home is in the works of getting Springed! :o)
So…our Easter wasn’t the one we had expected with church and chocolate, but we were together and I was reminded in a deep away the power of what this day symbolizes. There is a lot of hurt and hopelessness, fear and doubt, anger and disappointment that can all have their own chains on me, causing life to me lived in a dark place, but because Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, he set me free. He set us free! Not only is it for eternal life, but for the here and now. I’m not bound by the chains of a life of hell; rather, I’ve been freed to live a life of grace and joy!
Be praying the sickness passes and I’m spared! :o)
*I’m sure all of you were excited about the details of the adventure of illness here… :o/