No one enjoys being sick, but I believe most moms would gladly take the place of their suffering child.
It is awful when your kids are sick. You often feel helpless as you watch the bug work through their system. And you are willing to go to whatever lengths to help them feel better. That means scrapping your plans, driving for medicine or doctors appointments, cuddling all day on the couch and exposing yourself to the sickness in order for your child to tangibly feel your love through hugs and kisses.
These last 24 hours we have been caring our son through symptoms of the stomach flu. It pricks this momma to the core to watch her son lay on the couch all day with flushed cheeks, wrapped up tightly with a blanket even though its warm in the house.
As I sit here and pray for Jackson, I know my Father God understands exactly how I feel as a mother who wants her son to be well. After all, He literally did exchange places with us while we were desperately sick.
God’s heart broke as we entangled ourselves in and embraced the deadly disease of sin. God’s love remained constant and deep despite our unfaithfulness and failure. And, as our Father, He was willing to do whatever it took to save us from ourselves and the sin-sickness that overtook us. So, He exposed Himself to our illness in order to make His love personally known. He took on our sin and exchanged His purity for our filth as He hung on the cross. His love was our cure.
That’s why I choose to trust my God, even when my children are sick. He loves them even more than I do, and He can do what I can not.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
– 2 Corinthians 5:21