It Could Have Been Worse

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I was very scared when my daughter caught chicken pox, or as we tell her ‘decided to bring chicken pox home from school’. I knew it was contagious and I wasn’t sure whether I had caught it when I was younger. Worse enough, the only person who was ever present in my childhood (my mother) also wasn’t sure. She said two of her five children had caught it, but she couldn’t remember who. I took care of my daughter for the three days she had fever. Every time she was discouraged I encouraged her by saying ‘don’t worry, it could have been worse.’ The doctor had said it will only last three days. I kept thanking God because I used to think chicken pox was worse than what I saw on her. A few days later she was okay and back to school.

Immediately after, I got a fever. I went to hospital knowing exactly what I was suffering from. I remembered all the encouragement I had given my daughter, but it was not working on me. So chicken pox is mild on kids, but on adults it is a nightmare. I am actually in shivers as a write this. My entire body had the rashes, it was itchy. My temperatures were so high. Till now, I prefer giving birth daily for ten days than having chicken pox for a day. It was cruel on me. One night in the middle of pain, I did the opposite of what a sick person should do. I started researching on the dangers of chicken pox. The first article I read was clear that for adults, chicken pox can kill. That was it! I knew that my day had come. I was tortured for the rest of my chicken pox days. Till now I still have chicken pox scars on my body. I see them every day and they remind me to be grateful it happened the way it did: Because it could have been worse.

Every situation I have been faced with since then has received the same encouragement; ‘Rawder, thank God, it could have been worse’ It works every time. Many times I see worse situations around me and other times I imagine the worst that might have happened. That is how I face tough seasons. Are there seasons that you have gone through that were devastating? Please stop looking back in pain. Thank God you made through. It could have been worse. Maybe right now you are going through a rough patch in life, you will pull through. Thank God it has happened this way. It could have been worse. You have been depressed because you have waited for something too long, there’s a reason God has made you wait. It does not mean denial, and it could have been worse. Today as you think about that challenge, change your perspective and remember that were it not for the hand of God. It could have been worse.

 ‘If the Lord had not been on our side, let Israel say; if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger flared against us; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us the raging water would have swept us away.’ (Psalm 124:1-5)

Let us pray…

Thank you Lord for what we are going through as your children. Some experiences are very painful. Some are discouraging. Some are scary. But in all, we are grateful because were it not for you, it could have been worse. Thank you for your presence through it all. Thank you that we shall come out victorious. Amen.

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