12:15 am EST Sunday morning it infiltrated our youngest child
12:15 pm EST Monday afternoon it infiltrated our eldest child
10:15 pm EST Monday night it broke through JenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s immune system
5:00 am EST Tuesday morning, I could feel the VAT (virus advance team) working its way through my IDS (intestinal defense system).
By 3:00 pm EST Tuesday afternoon, after multiple incursions through the rear defenses, the VAT finally burst through my (FDT) frontal dental force.
The one thing children freely share is sickness. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll kill you over taking one Lego, but the stomach bug comes with a kiss. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the home version of Ã¢â‚¬Å“friendly fire.Ã¢â‚¬Â WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worse is that you know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just glad I live centuries after the bubonic plague.
One of my least favorite activities is throwing up. I put it up there just after the DMV line and watching the Cowboys in the playoffs. I much prefer the back end solution as opposed to the bucket brigade. But as I dealt with the house causalities and then my own recovery, I had did have time to ponder the words we taught on last week, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cast your bread upon the waters (invest)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦for you know not what disaster may happen on earth (or at the porcelain throne)Ã¢â‚¬Â (Eccl. 11:1-2).
When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re truly sick, the kind of sickness that sucker punches you in the gut and then plops you in the bed for a few days, you realize how little you control. Monday night I went to bed fine (though Jen kept waking me up because she had to get up every hour!), but by Tuesday morning I was in a war zone. If a microscopic bug puts us down for the count, then how much more when God decides to make Ã¢â‚¬Å“something crookedÃ¢â‚¬Â (Eccl. 1:15; 7:13).
Now that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m free from the bugÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grasp, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m reminded, once again, to make the most of the moments God gives me. When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sick, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good time to make a bucket list Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not so much about the experiences IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to have personally, but about the people God wants me to invest in. Hopefully IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll pass on something more than just the stomach flu.