One Minute Scrambled Eggs — The Next?

It happened this past Monday morning.  My mother and I were enjoying a breakfast of scrambled eggs with toast and coffee.  We were eating with speed as I had made an appointment for her to see a doctor because over the weekend she had developed a fiery red throat with white patches.  We both wondered if it could be strep.  The first disappointment came when the doctor she particularly likes was not on duty that day.  She felt thwarted again.  It’s been a tough year as she has disappointingly had a long bout of illness off an on.  Therefore, getting the sore throat, along with an appointment with a doctor she had never seen, was another nail of frustration hammered into an already nail-scarred door of “what next.”

Upon entering the doctor’s office he immediately asked if my mother’s breathing was always that labored.  She answered that she guessed it was asthma or allergy.  “You look grey,” the doctor stated as he grabbed his stethoscope.  After several moments of listening front and back and front again, he said to me that he would call an ambulance but as the hospital was so near I could probably get to Emergency quicker myself.

We got in the car and away I went.  The staff were waiting for us.  Quickly and efficiently my mother was hooked up with an EKG and monitoring of all sorts began.  The doctors discovered a pulmonary embolism.  “It’s big, big ,big,” the doctor said to me.  He then told me that if she hadn’t come to Emergency it was doubtful she would have lasted to the weekend.

She was sent to the Emergency Care Ward, hooked up to oxygen, and a regime of tests began.  The right side of her heart is strained as it over compensated to assist the lungs working hard to breathe while the blood clot was blocking free passage of air.  I was praying and sending out requests to everyone I knew to please join in lifting my mother’s needs to Father.

As the day faded into night, activity lessened around my mother.  I watched her lay there, pale, an oxygen tube attached around her face, very still, exhausted, eyes dull.  “Mom,” I said as I sat close to her, “we can surely thank God that you got that sore throat. It took you to the doctor.  We can surely be thankful that your regular doctor wasn’t in because this new one saw right away that something major was going on.  He got you to Emergency.  We can be thankful for a wise and efficient emergency team.  They saved your life.  It’s actually been a very good day.”  She smiled, nodded, and said, “We can surely be thankful.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster,  to give you a future ad a hope.'”  Jeremiah 29:11

 

In Father’s Own Words

Here we are once again; seeing one year out and a new one in.  Have you made new year’s resolutions?  Are you wondering what the new year holds?  We all like to dream and try to imagine what the months ahead will bring to us.  There will no doubt be some good times ahead; equally, there will most likely be challenges to face which we will find difficult.  Good days and hard days are all a part of life.  Happiness, sadness, tears and laughter; it comes to us all.  The question at the time of new year may be — how will I handle all that may come my way?  There are no better words of encouragement than from our heavenly Father.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

“I have told you many things, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have troubles and sorrows, but take heart because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”  Isaiah 43:2

“Don’t be overcome with a love for money; be satisfied with what you have because God has said, ‘I will never fail you or abandon you.’  Therefore we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear of what mere people can do to me.”  Hebrews 13:5-6

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.  Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies..  You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings.  Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23

May 2019 be filled with blessings to overflowing, and my your determination to walk in His ways stay strong; filled with great joy.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The Landlord’s Responsibilities

Most people have had the experience of renting a home before they could purchase one. The renter is expected to make good decisions about keeping up the home. They are not to destroy it. They are to take good care of it. If something goes wrong, like the roof needs repairing or the plumbing needs fixing, the owner of the home is responsible to take care of those needs. The renter is like a steward, keeping the home in good condition; the owner is the one who makes the ultimate decisions for the upkeep of the home.

It’s the same with our spiritual lives. When we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, we are acknowledging that God has now purchased us with the blood of His Son. We now belong to Him and it is His responsibility to make the ultimate decisions for our lives. We who belong to Him have the responsibility of being good stewards. We learn what the owner wants and we take steps to stay within what He wills for us.

If major repairs need to be made, like the roof of our understanding gets blown away by a tornado of unprecedented problems in our lives, it’s up to God, as our owner, to repair the damage with His love, restoring peace while easing away frustrations. Isn’t that wonderful news? We are not responsible for cleaning up the debris of pain and confusion that blows across our paths by any storms of life. Our Father has promised to repair all the damage and to clean up the hurt, mopping up all the pain that floods our hearts.

He has made a promise to all His stewards. It’s found in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Is that not the most amazing promise by the most amazing Landlord of our lives? Why would we even attempt to repair our own pain or clean up our own confusion? Why would we dare to draw up architectural plans for all our tomorrows when the Master Builder has already logged in the blueprints to give us a hope and a future?

When we try to take on responsibilities of the owner of our lives, we are destined for certain disaster, but when we look to the Master Landlord to take care of all repair and remodeling, we are then destined to be made into something more beautiful than our dreams could imagine and much stronger than any storm that bursts into our days.

 

When Life Knocks Us Sideways

Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I put out a new entry every Friday.  I missed this Friday due to unforeseen circumstances that would not allow me the time needed to simply sit down and write.  Several of you have noticed; you have emailed or texted to ask if all is well.  I thank you for noticing and for sharing your concern.  You have touched me with your expressions of care.

We’ve all had days or weeks — months even — when life takes over our schedules in ways we do not desire.  Events happen that move us out of our routine.  We are pushed by the unexpected into a realm of anxiety.  Such has been the case for me this week.  Several events happened all at once and they wouldn’t go away!  I felt a bit knocked over sideways, like a football player when they’re running toward the goal and all of a sudden they’re tackled to the ground.  They just didn’t see it coming.

Unexpected and unwanted events happen to us all.  When they do, we can be placed into a spin of a myriad of emotion.  Questions begin to take over all other reasonable thoughts in our minds. Will things turn out alright?  What will be happening tomorrow?  Will I feel hopeful again? Will this sinkhole of hurt ever spit me back up onto solid ground?  Am I doomed to feel this way forever?  Plaguing thoughts can push out our hope and keep our wheels spinning in a mire of stress, taking us no where.

Events of life can seemingly take on a life of its very own, ruling our time, holding us in a grip of tremendous pressure.  We wonder if and when it will end.  Does this describe the results of unwanted events that have come into your own lives at various times?  No one can escape unwanted, hurtful, stress filled days, but wonderfully, for the child of God, no one has to remain in the clutches of such tension.

God’s Word, our Father’s own love letter to each of us, is filled with words of great encouragement.  Our Father’s words are more than meaningful words on paper; they are living words that reach down, bringing lasting comfort, lifting broken spirits, mending shattered dreams, soothing the grieving heart.  Our Father watches our every step.  He knows there will be times of difficulty and suffering.  Does He merely watch — knowing but doing nothing?  Oh, no!  He watches and begins pouring in His balm of love and hope and peace.  He never leaves us in good times or bad; He scoops us up into His strong arms, whispers His own love into our waiting ears, bringing hope that nothing else can bring.  This is our Father.

My own shattered peace has come to know another peace that no other could bring; only my Father can love so perfectly, heal so quickly, and whisper sweet, living words of hope.  I especially have loved this verse in Jeremiah 29:11 during many times of unrest in my life.  “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  That’s the God we serve, the One who is capable and desiring always, to breathe into our worlds of confusion, bringing His peace, taking our hands, leading us through to peaceful streams and greener pastures.

Thank you, my dear Father.  There is none like You.  Thank you.