by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Last week sucked, thank G-d. Really sucked...
My oldest daughter had her wisdom teeth out. Besides the fact the dentist quoted NIS 1,400, and it turned out to be 1,400 PER TOOTH (4 wisdom teeth out), my poor daughter was in screaming pain afterwards for almost a full week.
Next day, after oldest daughter had been moaning through the whole night, younger daughter woke up with severe strep throat. Two kids moaning through the night.
Middle of the night I woke up with a high fever, tossing and turning and sweating heavily in feverish pain. Thought I had the swine flu! Nope, only strep throat (never had it like that before). 3 family members down and counting.
Next day littlest child tried to help mop the floor. Wife turned the corner into the kitchen - now semi-flooded - slipped and fell, breaking her arm. I'm highly feverish trying to drive poor injured in serious pain wife around to the doctor, x-ray, orthopedist, pharmacy (oldest lost her pain meds), AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
(Then later my boss called needing some urgent information for a massive contract that just came up.)
And yet through this all we said thank G-d. Thank you Hashem. No, I don't understand the Divine plan of why my children had to suffer, why I had to suffer, why my wife had to suffer, and why we all had to do it at the same time.
Thank you G-d for a screaming agony of a week? What are we, crazy? Absolutely friggin' crocked? Hittin' the sauce a little heavy or still on those pain meds?
Things will happen in life. Challenges will always arise. Painful events, unexpected events, expensive events. You may think those perfect looking people across the way have a smooth easy life. If so, you've been watching too much TV. Every life has challenges.
The question is...how will you deal with them?
For me, I thank G-d this past week was only...painful (and expensive). That there was nothing...permanent. That we were together to support each other. And that when it was over we could all say...thank G-d.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא