Friday, May 2, 2008

Hiccups and Faith

Yesterday I got the hiccups. I hate the hiccups, so I have no idea why they feel they should stop and visit me every now and then. I’m not nice to them, so why do they insist on coming? And, furthermore, why do they STAY SO LONG? They are a total and complete annoyance to me. But more than an annoyance, sometimes they hurt. Seriously, they just BUG! (I was recently told that I say the word "bug" too often. Hmmm...)

So, I had the hiccups for forever yesterday (I know. That’s a long time, huh?). And, while enduring my trial of hiccups mid-day, I was reminded of a hiccup attack that I had when I had only been at my job about six months. Here is the story:

For some reason, which I can’t remember any longer, I was having a bad day and then to top it all off the hiccups snuck up on me and decided to make themselves at home for longer than desired. (Desired length is usually…um…not at all! )

One of the little girls at work, Ariana, noticed that I was not happy and asked me what was wrong. She was only 5 at the time. I told her that I was busy and that these darn hiccups were bugging! She said that I should just get rid of them. I kind of laughed at the thought. Wouldn’t that be great if I could just drop them off somewhere along the side of the road and they would no longer bug me? I told her it wasn’t that easy, you can’t just “get rid of them.”

We were walking down the stairs and as we turned the corner to go in to the kitchen she stopped me and said, “You can pray…” I stopped dead in my tracks! I thought, wow, this little girl has a lot of faith if she thinks we can just pray for my hiccups to go away. So, I said, “Alright. Will you say the prayer?” She excitedly accepted and said the most simple, honest prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for this day. Please bless that Brigitte’s hiccups will go away. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I said Amen, and immediately my hiccups were gone! Honestly – gone!!

I’m so thankful for ARIANA, for her FAITH, and for the day I had the HICCUPS so that she could teach me A VERY VALUABLE LESSON. Often times all you need is a little more FAITH!!


The Edwards Family said...

That story is so presh! I might want to use it in my next RS lesson.

Michelle said...

I love that story. I just had to comment because the baby in my tummy gets the hiccups at least 3 times a day. Maybe I will try a little faith and say a prayer when I just can't handle the movement and feeling of his hiccups any longer.

Andi said...

I think the same thing every time we say a prayer for Paige to not have bad dreams. Seems like a little thing to me, but it is a big thing to her. It always makes her feel better.

All I can say is I hate it when you have hiccups so long your stomach hurts!

Pete Pages said...

Good reminder for us "big people" to be more childlike. Also, I just tagged you so check out my blog if you want to participate.

Lucy said...

Cool blog! Loved it.

Lynley said...

That is a cute story...but on the less spiritual side I would like to comment that I frequently get the hiccups and they frequently hurt and I frequently get "bugged" by them too!