How has you week been going?? Ours has had a worrisome and eventful start with our oldest having to go to a children’s emergency room that is about an hour away from where we live!
In the past several months our oldest son has had some swelling under his chin. We took him to the dentist and when the dentist was feeling around his chin said that he felt something enlarged on the left side of our sons chin but it could wait until his well check up visit (three months from when the dentist seen our son) to have our children’s pediatrician to check it.
The underneath of his chin had swelled a few more times after his dentist appointment. This past Sunday night when I went upstairs to check on the boys and go to bed myself as soon as I looked in the doorway I could see that his chin had swelled again this time larger and that skin was pinkish red in color, which it had never been before.
First thing Monday morning I called my children’s pediatrician and scheduled an appointment for him to be seen that morning. I thought we would go our son would be seen and they would prescribe him medicine and we would be on our way back home and to our normal everyday life.
When we got back to the room and our son was seen by the pediatrician, the pediatrician was unsure what was going on because it was not the two diagnosis he thought that it could be.
From the pediatrician we were sent to the children’s emergency room, that is an hour away from us, to be seen. He wanted them to do blood work and an ultrasound of the lump under our son’s chin. The pediatrician said that he didn’t want to wait to long because he was afraid of our sons chin swelling more and possibly suffocating our son.
On the way to the children’s emergency room my husband and I were discussing everything that the pediatrician had told us and we were both worried that it could possibly be cancer.
We waited in the waiting room for about six hours before there was an open room for our son to be seen. When we got back to the room they examined our son and took blood work, ultrasound photos, and gave our son a fifteen minute antibiotic drip.
The pediatrician thought that we would be admitted and be staying the night there but once the doctors examined him and determined that our son only has a blocked salivary gland our son was discharged with an antibiotic prescription and an order to suck on lots of sour candy to help him produce more saliva and hopefully unblock the gland and to see and ear nose and throat doctor.
Thankfully the Lord was on our side and our son only has something minor!! We picked our youngest son up from my mom’s house and were home by eleven that night.
So where is God when we are going through trials??
1 Peter 5:10
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
When you and your family are going through trials remember the God will strengthen you. The Lord is faithful and will not take you through trials that you cannot get through. In the Lord we will have peace because he will fight for us. Trails are the testing of our faith which makes us more loyal to God. As Christians we know that rejoicing in our suffering builds our character and that God’s love has filled our hearts.
How has the Lord helped you when you have been trials??