It's amazing how God prepares your heart/head/hands for what is to come in your life. Lastnight I sat at this computer and posted the Bible verse about caring for the sick, poor, hungry, thirsty and so forth. At the time I did not have any of those needs in my home and was thinking about who I could serve OUTSIDE of this home. Well, we officially have "the sick" now. Lastnight at 3am, Nicolas rolled out of his bed and onto the floor. There was a doll lying there and it seems that her head hit his collarbone at just the right angle and fractured it. My instincts told me this morning that his collarbone was indeed broken even though Mike was sure it was a partial dislocation of the shoulder. But, my motherly instincts were right. After a trip to the ER and a few films, the diagnosis was confirmed.
Nicolas is doing just fine. He has a sling on and will be in it for about 4 weeks. It is his right arm and normally this would pose a problem for a child with eating, coloring, playing, BUT he is ambidextrous! How wonderful for him (and us because now we don't have to spoon-feed him for the next month!).
So, now I can look at helping him/serving him in a whole new light after taking the verse in Matthew to heart. I am not dreading the care and extra energy it will take to care for his arm. I am looking at it as a way to serve the Lord himself. For the verses go on to talk about the people saying to Jesus, "When did we see YOU sick or hungry?". And Jesus says, basically, that whatever you do for those in need (aka the "least of these") you do it for/to ME.
Wow... what a humbling experience. This blog has already been such a learning experience for me and has opened so many doors for conversations that I wouldn't have otherwise had.
P.S. If I may be so bold... Nicolas would absolutely LOVE a little note/drawing/call from any of you to wish him well. Here's our address: 47 Rossetto Drive Manchester, CT 06040