2017: Page 349

Page 349 was a full day with a combination of usual Friday tasks, some tasks that I would not want to become usual, and even a task that I never thought I would hear myself saying that I did. 🙂  The morning began early as I knew I had a lot to get done before I would be able to call it a day.  I was thankful that there was no new snow, so there was no outside work to be done to start the day.  After a morning shift of cleaning and building prep, I made my way to the hospital to be with my mom so that my dad could hopefully get some rest.  There was some testing they kept talking about doing that dad didn’t want to miss, so he didn’t end up going home until mom was released at the end of the day.  They ended up doing the test shortly before noon, so when they were done my dad, brother, and I went to the cafeteria to get some lunch.  My brother has been having some health issues as well and as we were eating lunch he got a call that the doctors wanted him to have a test done right away.  While we were at a hospital, it wasn’t the right hospital for his insurance, so I made a trip across town with him to wait while he had an ultrasound . . . never dreamed I would be waiting on my brother for that, but in this case they were looking for a blood clot in his leg — which they didn’t find.

After some time at that hospital with him and finding out there wasn’t anything further they would do at this time, I made my way back across town to be with my mom and dad.  They still hadn’t heard anything back from the test, so I waited with them until the doctor eventually came in with the results and the news that mom could go home — the news that mom and dad were both waiting to hear.  After the “hurry up and wait” part of the dismissal routine and my sister prepared to take them home, I stopped to get something to eat before returning to work to get the Friday night cleaning done so the building is ready for Sunday.

With the snow and ice melt combination that winter brings with it, there was a little extra work required to the weekend cleaning.  As I worked, I was filled with praise and thanksgiving that I had the freedom to spend the day with my family in their time of need.  While it added to the length of the day, it also added to the joy and fulfillment of the day to help carry some of their concern and perhaps even relieve some of it because of the experiences I have dealt with.  With the cleaning mostly done, I sat down to write today’s page around 10:30 PM while some of the floors dried.  Once I’ve written today’s page and the floors are dry, I can finish the last of what I need to get done and head home.

My wife and I selected some of our favorite lighthouse photos from what we had taken throughout the state of Michigan this year and put together a photo calendar for 2018.  Those calendars arrived today and since I had no opportunities to take photos, today’s photo is a collage of most of the pictures that made the cut for the calendar.  

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • When there is a lot that needs done, an early start can be a good idea but only if that early start includes a recognition of God’s presence.
  • When God says that we are to comfort others with the comfort that we ourselves have received, we need to be aware of how God might use the difficult times He has brought us through to prepare us to help others.
  • Sometimes we find ourselves doing things that we never thought we would simply because God had plans that were greater than ours.
  • Sometimes we so narrowly define what we think something is, that when we find ourselves in the midst of doing it we think it sounds strange.
  •  Photographs help me to remember some great family times as each picture I take and share has a story of its own it could tell.