We just got back from our first walk over to Hastings. Chris did a lot better this time so maybe he’s getting used to it. He was very alert and looked around until he got too sleepy. It’s just so challenging to get him up, dressed and then the walk over on the substandard sidewalks. (where there are any) Then shop around and come back to put him to bed so he can sleep! But it’s worth it to see him perk up so!
As we were cutting across the parking lot to head back to the apartment I was thinking about how much better he was doing today. Who knows why – maybe he’s too tired to care, simply more relaxed or really getting used to the little trip. But I realized we just have to work with what we are handed each day. But that’s not a complacent, lay back and take it sort of thing. We are not in control of everything! And we must deal with the things that come our way or get handed to us each day. But we can take what we have and do the best we can with it. We can achieve the best possible outcome working with what we have been given.
Yesterday a local pastor’s family got one of those make-your-blood-run-cold drop-to-your-knees-in-anguish calls like we did a couple years ago. Only the pastor suffered severe head trauma. He was mediflighted from the scene but he did not survive the wreck. That family didn’t even see it coming – just like we didn’t. We really do not know what might come about in a day and not one day should be taken for granted. EAch day we must do the best we can with what we have.
We can cherish our loved ones, hug them one more time. Take that extra minute on the phone or sit down and eat a meal. You never know what a day may bring.
When Chris was a teenager and was playing in the bands he would come in at like 2 in the morning and fall sit down on the foot of my bed and we would talk. Never did I ask him, “Did you not see I was sleeping?” I valued the fact that I had a teenage son who wanted to talk and I didn’t care what time of day or night it occured! I would love to be able to talk all night to him one more time! People are worth it –
So value today. Value your kids, family and loved ones. Enjoy today and make the most of it…you just never know. But I am resolved to make the best day out of each one I have. That’s all we can do anyway = the best with what we’ve got! Jesus didn’t waste any time while He was here in time. He spent time with the crowds, the disciples and others. He didn’t turn them away because He was tired or “done ministering” for the day! The investment in people is well worth the effort.
We cannot spend our time and energy worrying about today or tomorrow. We are given this moment to make a difference. He will direct our steps. We need not worry but rest in Him.
Trust in the Lord and do good
dwell in the land and cultivate faithfullness.
Delight yourself in the Lordand He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
trust also in Him and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
and your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord and wait patienlty for Him
Do not fret because of him who propers in his way
beacuase of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret it leads only to evildoing.