DayBreaks for 03/01/13 – Unless I Believed
Ps.27:13-14 – I would have despaired unless I believed I would see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living. Wait for The Lord, Be strong and let your heart take courage Yes, wait for The Lord.
It has been a very hectic week…and it’s not over yet. Maybe your week has been that way, too. I’ve had two appointments with doctors this week, but that’s not what’s made it so hectic.
My 85-year old mother has had dementia for some time. About 10 days ago, she went into the hospital for relatively routine surgery to repair a hernia. The surgery went fine – but something seems to have snapped in her mind. She’s been incredibly delusional, paranoid, out of touch with reality – and even combative. She, of course, doesn’t realize she’s doing those things or being that way. We are told that with each passing day that the chances of her snapping back to the pre-surgery mental capacity dwindles. This may be the new normal. As I carry my mother’s power of attorney for medical care, my last few days have been swamped with phone calls from the hospital (that wants desperately and urgently to discharge her) and trying to arrange a suitable discharge plan in a place that can meet her physical and mental needs. It’s become something akin to a marathon…but we’re being pushed at a sprinter’s pace by the hospital. Just moments ago the latest plan fell apart.
Someone asked me today if I thought we’d ever get out of having so many crises. My honest answer: probably, at least I hope so. I could certainly echo the words of the Psalmist.
It isn’t just when there are crises, though. It’s ordinary life. How many times would I/could I have despaired if I didn’t believe – if I didn’t truly think that before this life is over that we’ll once again see and experience the goodness of the Lord. I know we’ll see and experience it in the “land of the dead” – that is the great Christian hope! But it’s harder at times to believe we’ll see and experience it again in the land of the living. All the travails of the past year, my two surgeries, a new ministry, raising support for that ministry – and now my mother’s failing health situation. It sometimes just seems to pile up on us, doesn’t it?
And yet…we must confess that we will see His goodness even today – no matter what happens to us, we’ll see it if we slow down enough to think about it and look for it. We’ll see it in the crispness of a new day He made, of the song of the birds (which I so much enjoyed today!), the sighing of the breeze, the wag of a dog’s tail, the gentle touch of my wife’s hand on mine, the voice of a friend. Life – and joy – can get away from us unless we take the time to look for “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. It’s all around us. Let’s not forget that!
PRAYER: Jesus, I wonder how you made it through your 30+ years here on earth after living all of eternity past in heaven’s delight. It must have been very trying. I am comforted by knowing you understand and that even this day we can see your goodness and that we will also see it in the world to come! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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