Saturday, May 27, 2017

embrace the crazy.....

There is no way it's almost June! No way! May, well, even earlier than that, has been nothing but go, go, go, check off that list, get that done, functions, family, planning, doing, just pure craziness!!! That's my life right now! Crazy-busy! But at the core of all this craziness are the most special people in my life, experiencing some pretty special events, so not only is there craziness and busyness, but also some wonderful memories being made and I am so very happy to share and enjoy their happiness.

I haven't blogged in a month! There just hasn't been time for it. I want to get caught up on posts and pictures before I forget details, so I'll just pick up with today, and do a few back posts as I get time.

Dad was taken to the hospital on Friday evening. He had been having stomach issues all week, and by Friday he was feeling pretty rough. They decided to send him to the ER so they flew him by helicopter to PRMC. Mom wasn't able to fly with him because they had a trainee on board and there wasn't room. We went by boat and Julie met up with us to go too.

Now let me tell you how God works. 

As I said before, May has been pure craziness and there have been days when I've been so preoccupied with getting the to-do list done that I wouldn't take the time for quiet time or devotions. But the Lord wants us to be still, to meditate, to rest and sometimes he puts things in our path to slow us down so we can rest and bring our focus back on Him and what's really important. Am I saying we don't have to get things done? No. There are daily chores, family events, and other things that simply won't get taken care of by themselves, there are some things we have to do. But sometimes we let that busyness take over.

When we got to the dock on Friday evening, just before sunset, we had to wait a few minutes for Julie to get there. Wait, with nothing whatsoever to do, just sit there and enjoy the quiet, if only for a few minutes. It was just what I needed. Thank you Lord for your gentle reminders.

"Be still and know...."

Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."  Exalted = Elevated by praise or in estimation : Glorified:

They ran tests on Dad in the ER and by 1 a.m. finally got him in a room. (I'll let this picture show you how NOT content Dad is in the hospital). LOL ...Bless his heart...this was after many HOURS in the ER. He was so tired and just wanted to go to bed!

Everyone was so nice and helpful and brought in chairs for me and Mom to stay in the room with him. They gave him antibiotics overnight and thankfully, he was discharged the next evening. Final diagnosis was irritated intestines. He will follow up with his doctor this week.

One thing about being in a hospital, there is LOTS of waiting and quiet time. While I was sad Dad was feeling bad and had to go to the hospital, God even used that as a time for me to be still and spend some quiet time with Mom and Dad. I am very thankful that it was nothing more serious and that he is feeling a bit better now. I am also thankful for the reminder to slow down and be still.

1 comment:

Margaret Seagraves said...

I know what you mean, Susan! Psalm 46:10 has always been one of my favorites, and as you said, God does remind us when busyness takes over in our lives, and we don't make time for Him! That is what my time on Tangier Island always provided for me...time to be still and know that God was with me! He blessed me with that sacred time to let go of "to do lists" and emails and appointments and phone calls and constant demands on my time and energy!
Lately, I've had some of that time to "be still" and feel His comfort. My little, senior, shelter dog I had adopted had been diagnosed with kidney failure in January. She just passed away on May 17. I was so grateful that I had her for these extra months, and I'm grateful that I was able to care for her by slowing down my pace and staying home with her to meet her needs. I miss her terribly, but I am comforted by the thought that she was tenderly cared for and loved during her last months.
Yes, God does remind us of what is really important. Thank goodness He does. Those reminders keeps us from having so many regrets.
Love to you! Margaret xoxoxo

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