Praising in pain. Too late.

Today I am giving thanks for - STREP THROAT!
I have been down for weeks, seeing a shimmer of light break through the darkness every few days, and then BAM. Down again.
Finally, after yet another night of little sleep and the inability to swallow, I made a visit to my delightful doctor, begging her to tell me
a) "You have a head cold. Suck it up and ride it out, sister!" or b) "You need a throat transplant."
I do not need a new throat, but after 24 hours have passed, mine will no longer be causing me agony.
Perspective matters.
I know there are dozens, hundreds, thousands of people walking through far more severe physical trials. My pains and fever and sleep deprivation may not be pleasant, but they could be far worse. 
I am thankful they are not.
I sauntered out of the doctor's office with Baby E in my arms and Ellie in tow, smiling and praising God that the reason for my illness was finally revealed, and would now be remedied.
But I also had to confess my ungratefulness, for I have been frustrated with the duration and unknown details of the malady, and impatient with the healing process.
After my saunter turned into sitting as I held the wheel of the Thunder Bus, two verses rang loudly in my ears:
"Do EVERYthing without complaining or arguing," Philippians 2:14
"In EVERYthing give thanks," I Thessalonians 5:18
"I hear You, Lord. Forgive me for refusing to praise You in the valley, and thank You, for strep throat."

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19, 20

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 106:1

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! Psalm 100:4

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