EditI can honestly say that the one family activity I dread the most each year is our annual trip to the pediatrician for flu shots. Oh. My. Goodness. Even though it happens every single year, our cubs still act like it’s the end of their lives! We prep by letting them know as soon as we know when the dreaded day is coming. We pray that the appointment goes smoothly without lots of drama. We bribe them with treats/toys if they promise to keep the tears to a minimum. Then, we walk into the doctor’s office and hope for the best.
This fall, Cub 2 got his flu shot unexpectedly by himself because he had a little sickness scare and ended up at the pediatrician a few weeks earlier. I had the privilege of taking the other three cubs – by myself – to get their shots.
Cub 3 was the most anxious cub this year. Even with prep, prayer, and praise, she lost it when we were called out of the waiting area to go toward the back of the office. One look at the tray of needles in position for their “victims” and she called out to the Lord for help. She screamed, cried, fell to the ground, and tried to run away. I had to sit in a chair with her in my lap. I had to wrap my legs around her legs and wrap my arms around her arms. Then, another nurse came in to hold the arm that was going to be poked. When her two seconds of pain was over, she ran out of the room and into Cub 1’s arms crying and saying, “Jesus didn’t work! Jesus didn’t work!”
Cub 3 had her first real experience of not having her prayers answered in the way that she wanted them to be answered. Cub 1 and I had to work hard on our drive back home to convince Cub 3 that Jesus was still for her, and that he was still on her side. The flu shot was needed. All of our cubs have asthma and the flu can make airways even more inflamed than normal for someone who already has problems breathing when sick. We trust that the few seconds of pain from the needle poke will be worth it as we go through these winter months of nebulizer treatments and inhalers. So, it’s no fun for the cubs, but it really is for their good.
I thought that was a good lesson to share with the blog family. We don’t always get the answer that we want. We may experience pain, failure, rejection, sickness, and all those things that we really don’t want, but could it be that it’s God’s BEST for us? Remember, He doesn’t make mistakes and He always wants what’s best for us.
9 You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:9-11 NLT