I had planned to be in Poland at the European Leadership Forum today, to be a part of this with Dave, Tyler and Claire.
They were teaching a seminar this afternoon on the topic of "Family on Mission" that I was to be a part of. I received a note from a friend who's there, who sent the photo saying all three are amazing teachers. That makes me happy to hear!
Where I am? At home on Day 3 of antibiotics for bronchitis, tonsillitis and a sinus infection. A triple whammy.
I went to the doctor on Thursday and found out the news, and have been worse before getting better since then. I'd been warned that the strong antibiotic might have an effect on me as the toxins of bacteria were being purged...and that warning turned out to be correct. I have been sicker the past two days than I have this whole time.
By this evening I'm finally starting to feel the good effect of the antibiotic (followed up by a probiotic three hours after each antibiotic) but am pretty wiped out.
I've been thinking a lot about Psalm 23, something Dave taught on two years ago at our JV spring conference. Sometimes the Good Shepherd makes us lay down in green pastures. This may not feel like a green pasture, but knowing my Shepherd, I trust that if he's laid me down, it is.
The doctor said I need to stay down until at least mid-week next week; a relapse from such a strong virus is possible, he said.
My body doesn't yet feel like anything but resting right now; we'll see how I feel in a few days! I kept my window open today and could hear the birds chirping on the first sunny day in a while. It was soothing; as is my Shepherd's care for me.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6