Coming back home after 9 years abroad has brought with it some challenges. Health is one that concerns us most. Since our return, three out of the five kids suffer from allergic rhinitis and/or asthma. Most affected by this is our second child who, on hindsight, exhibited symptoms of allergies from infancy. We realized this only now because we migrated before she turned 2.
On her first summer here she was hospitalized for 3 days due to an asthma attack. Since then, however, we have educated ourselves about her ailment and we have learned, with the help of our doctor, how to manage it. She is still medicating and almost year round (which bothered us for awhile since we are not used to taking medicines at all) but it is under control. She lives a normal life except maybe for giving up swimming (laps) since water pressure on her sensitive ears causes her dizziness afterwards. She has managed to take up tennis though and hopefully will get back to being able to swim like before.
During our church history discussion some weeks ago, this 13-year old shared with me what struck her most from her book on George Muller. Muller was trying to raise money for the orphanages in Bristol (England) that he was trying to put up and the task seemed impossible.
And she quoted Muller:
The greatness of the sum required affords me a kind of secret joy; for the greater the difficulty to be overcome, the more will it be seen to the glory of God how much can be done by prayer and faith.
She shared this with me in relation to her discouragement about her physical condition which has understandably affected her. We both learned that instead of praying away our difficulties, we should have faith and pray that God will come through amidst them.
This daughter also found comfort in knowing that George Muller suffered from severe headaches that took him away from the orphanage for longer periods since he had to stay in the countryside to rest. But, he still accomplished so much for God and died in his sleep at 92.