Why I’m thankful for Laryngitis (or whatever is wrong with my throat)

It’s so easy to feel lonely at college, even when you’re surrounded by people and crazy busy with classes and commitments. It can be easy to get so bogged down with life that you don’t even realize a good thing when it nears you. But when you take a step back from it all and look at the craziness happening around you, and then separate yourself from it, it can actually be pretty peaceful. 

I was really down earlier today. I didn’t tell anyone, I never do, but it’s been one of those weeks where everything seems to go wrong at the same time. A couple days ago I fractured my toe at step sing because someone stepped on me….yes, I see the irony. Today I woke up hoarse. Turns out I may have laryngitis, or worse. Which is perfect timing as I was supposed to sing at church tonight and had another gig tomorrow. That combined with several other stressful things = an upset and confused Meagan.

I was just falling asleep when in comes a dear friend to my bedside with a smile on her face and a bag full of my favorite things, including a get well soon card. I literally cried it was so sweet, and more perfect timing than she ever could have known. A few minutes later I received a barrage of messages with precious friends checking in on me, and letting me know they were here for me and were sending prayers my way. The craziest thing is, I had just said a prayer asking God for comfort and assurance that everything was happening according to His plan.

Moral of the story? Just as things were looking so down and depressing, God sent his angels in disguise as my sweet friends to lift me up and comfort me. I am so grateful to be in such a loving place, surrounded by such wonderful people. While this sickness may have caused me pain today, in the end it reminded me of how loved I am and how there are people around me that truly care. I could not have asked for a better day.
As always, because of today’s events, I am reminded of a song I love, one that has been so dear to me in recent years. 

“Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops,

What if Your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?” -Laura Story, Blessings

Today I called out to the Lord and He answered me in the beautiful way that only He can. I am reminded of how even in sickness, at our lowest, He is still powerful and in control of it all. Today I lifted up my problems and asked the Lord to take them all away, and I am so much happier for it!!! I may not be able to sing (or talk) tomorrow, but I will be able to give praise to the Lord, for the very sickness that takes my voice away. 
xoxox

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