Ready for Anything

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
A friend of mine, talks about how sometimes the most strategic thing you can do when your mind is numb is to water your plants or refill your stapler. This week is such a week for me.

My mother-in-law suffered several small strokes last week. She came down to Ojai to visit with us and watch the children in the evenings so that Kathy and I could attend the DavidCo staff dinners. Now, we are now dealing with sudden and dramatic change in all of our lives in the face of long-term care. The amazing thing is the long list of extraordinary events that have unfolded (or "shown up" as some may call it) to support us this week. Events that by themselves would be amazing enough, but when considered as a whole, point to providence.

I'm thankful for my family and for my faith - faith that God is omnipotent and omnipresent. We have been surrounded in prayers from around the world. For these, I am truly grateful.

It is absolutely amazing to me how physically draining this week has been. At the same time, I see God at work in my own life, in the lives of the people who've reached out to us in kindness, and in the opportunities I've had to reach out to others. Case in point, over the past few days, Kathy and I've made a friend in the ICU unit. Her name is Janet and she's caring for her sister who's in the ICU room across the hall. We've had the opportunity to share stories, to be an encouragement to one another, and to pray together. I know it was not a coincidence that our paths crossed when they did.  

In addition to sharing my faith, I want to share how valuable my GTD training has been this week. At a time when I'm low on energy and limited in my attention, my GTD skills keep me focused on simple next actions, moving forward, one step at a time - even if that step is only to water my plants, refill my stapler, hug my wife, or make this blog post. (I've actually drafted a few blog entries from the ICU this week, many about my observations of tech and productivity in the ICU. I'll get to them, I may just need a small break.)

So, while I may be numb from the information I've received this week, I'm not without hope or without anything to do. I'm very much alive - alive with the awareness that although I do not have all the answers, I can know and trust the One who does.

I know that God has a plan. I know that I don't know what that plan is beyond that which can be found in His Word, but I can read, pray, understand, learn, and grow. I can also move forward in faith, one step (or next action) at a time, trusting and resting in Him along the way.

I'm doing that; so in a spiritual. sense, I you might say that I'm ready for anything,

Discussion/Comments (5):

Ready for Anything

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted at 8/17/2005 11:04:48 AM by Warner Crocker


Ready for Anything

Eric:

Count on my prayers, too, as you process all that is a part of your family's life this week.

Psalm 46: 1

Pastor Dean Brown

Posted at 8/17/2005 2:05:05 PM by Dean


Ready for Anything

You are thought of and prayed for brother. You're a real encouragement for me as well. Hang tough...

II Cor 1.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;

7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

Posted at 8/17/2005 5:43:13 PM by Walter


Ready for Anything

God bless you and your family.

Posted at 8/18/2005 9:59:43 AM by Robert


Thank you for your thoughts and prayerrs

On behalf of my family, we thank you for yoru thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

My mother-in-law has a long road to recovery. Some of you may have been down this road with a loved one; you know how emotional and tiring it can be. Fortunately, our role is a simple one: to serve, and to love.

We are in very good hands. Again, thanks.

Eric

Posted at 8/19/2005 1:14:12 PM by Eric Mack



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