Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(Home)SICK


So the Huckabys have been sick. Lucas had a cold that developed into an earache. After a full run of an antibiotic he was back in action… for about three days. After Lucas got sick, Tricia and I both had a run-in with what seemed like the flu. Fast forward a week and we’re reliving the whole thing. Lucas started with stomach cramps that kept him up all night, followed by a fever, followed by cold symptoms followed by diarrhea and some barfing. Meanwhile Tricia was also sick with nausea, dizziness and exhaustion and now I’m feeling it too. Luckily we’ve ruled out most of the nasty stuff, but a dose of deworming meds is in order. All this to say, we’ve been sick off and on for about 4 weeks and it’s taking its toll on us emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

It’s not that I miss the cold and wet, but being sick just makes you wish you were home. For us that would be curled up on the couch of our parent’s house watching movies and being waited on hand and foot by people who love us. We missed a Thanksgiving party here as well (due to illness) and our internet was inaccessible for about 4 days. Needless to say, we’ve been feeling very disconnected and lonely. It’s these times when a quiet voice tell you, “It’s ok, you can give up and just go home. This is too hard.” But we’ve got work to do and we’re praying for those quiet voices to be overwhelmed by all the good we’re seeing done here – with schools, churches, pastors, and children at risk. So pray for health for the Huckabys – being sick is really getting us down.

2 comments:

Derek and Kristin Dearth said...

Hey, Huckafam! SORRY that you're not feeling well - and what a time to feel rotten, right as the holidays are rolling in. Ya know, (you've probably heard this a million times already) months 5-9 seem to be the hardest. The glamor of new home, new people, new food, new country starts to lessen. Old friends and family seem to communicate less. And then it seems like God also throws something in there just to make sure - like sickness or something.

As I look back on month 9 for me, I remember feeling unbelievable loneliness, like never before. It lasted for a month or two. Even now, I know it was hard, and I wouldn't want to repeat it...but it was sweet in a way, too. Jesus was my tangible comfort like never before. His promises were sweet and wonderful like I never had experienced. I'll be praying for the sweetness to come amidst the sickness and loneliness. Your labor is not in vain.

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and ​for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold..."

Praying for you guys! Looks like we won't be there by Christmas (darn!) - we so wish we could carol with you. Maybe we can do some January caroling??? :) Or something...

Danielle said...

Hey guys, we think about you often at our house! We have been sick a whole, whole lot too, and now that we've been here a year the sickness seems to be lessening. It's the stomach stuff plus all the new viruses you are encountering. I can totally relate to the lonely feeling as well. Being taken from your whole support system is heartbreaking and difficult, but remember that God Himself has you in His hands and He will see you through even the sickness and loneliness. Hang in there!