He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Isaiah 40:29 (KJV)
My son bought himself a pocket knife on Friday. Not his first knife, but it was his first traumatic injury while using one. He screamed for me from the other side of the house. I saw the blood then held him first before I went into fix-it mode. Pressure, elevate, check. "Hold it above your heart!" My strength was only from God. Then Joseph got scared when he heard the word stitches. His dad and I cleaned him up and tried sealing his wound, but he ended up needing a trip to the ER. Steri-strips and glue fixed him up, no stitches needed after all. The knife is still missing. Somewhere between my inquisitive son's investigation into the inner mechanisms of a plastic disposable camera and running across the house to me, it disappeared.
This picture (courtesy of my oldest daughter) doesn't have much to do with the verse until you look closer. That thin little stalk is holding those flowers, unbending, strong enough for the job required of it. It brings to mind another verse about not worrying, just look at how God has made the lillies of the field. My husband was so calm throughout the whole afternoon. Our baby is in fact our third child to need stitches. You'd think I know by now that God is in control no matter what crazy circumstances we end up in. I keep praying for His strength. The ER nurse helped sooth my frazzled nerves, but it was the pharmacy tech who joked with my son as we filled his prescription right at closing time, keeping them all at work later than they planned, that finally got me to move out of panic mode. "Fill the syringe with water and squirt it at your mom." What?! Laughter was just what I needed. And my son, he managed to keep his wound dry while he followed her instructions.
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