Across the hall from mom two chairs are pushed together to make a makeshift cot. A Spurs ball-cap pulled down over his eyes my husband attempts to catch some rest while his sister and niece stay with mom. The nursing home AC unit is set to a frigid temperature. It was comfortable when he closed his eyes but over time as his body rested and it became unbearable leaving him uncomfortable, restless, unsettled.
I often think that this is how our life is. We orchestrate, arrange, organize, plan, prepare and sometimes control our surroundings to make the perfect environment and get the most out of every experience only to close our eyes, maybe for but a moment, then wake to an atmosphere that has changed. I know I do. Maybe it’s the atmosphere between friends, neighbors or co-workers. Maybe it’s the atmosphere between husbands, wives or children. Maybe it’s the atmosphere between signs, symptoms or a bad medical report.
There is only One who controls the thermostat to life. He has given us “free will” which causes unexpected ripples. Some are small gentle ripples, others for turbulent white-capped waters, while even others are gripping 40-foot waves that invade, intrude and paralyzes us abruptly stopping us in our tracks no matter how prepared we may be.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
While we walk beside Mom as she journeys to be with Jesus today my friend and coworker Jordan gave me these scriptures. Although he did not know what I was writing about I find that they are very fitting to share with you all.
Cast all your anxieties on God, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any
affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Well, the time is near so I will close for now to spend the last few breaths with my second mom. She’s going to tell my parents I love them for me when she sees them in Heaven. Oh I’m so excited.
Stay in His Word and be encouraged. You are loved!
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