In the midst of all the planning and fun, my dad had double knee replacement surgery. He had just returned home from the hospital when my mom went in for a heart test and found out she would not be going home, but into surgery for a quadruple bypass.
Life got interesting real quick!
My siblings and I rallied together to be with mom, at the hospital, and dad at home. Back and forth we went making sure they were both well taken care of. It was a crazy few days there for awhile.
I was talking to a friend of mine this morning on the phone about her life and how it has been turned upside down as well these past couple weeks. We were sharing how grateful we were in the midst of all that had happened. We both agreed that life had been tough, but at the same time there had been an underlying strength...joy... that had been present through it all.
When we choose gratefulness in tough times, what we are really choosing is joy. There is always something to be grateful for. Something. You may have to look hard for it, but it is there. God is there.
Here is what I have been so grateful for as I have walked with my folks through this time:
- The doctor caught Mom's condition BEFORE she had a major cardiac event. Three of her main arteries were over 90% blocked. She really had no major symptoms. God saved her life.
- Dad's recovery from his knee surgery was nothing more than miraculous. His progress has been astounding. He has had no complications and has progressed every day.
- My parents have amazing attitudes. The words out of their mouthes have been grateful, prayerful and full of love. They have not complained or felt sorry for themselves and have made it a joy to serve them and take care of them.
- I have the BEST siblings EVER! Thank the Lord I am not an only child. I am so grateful for how well we get along. How there is not one sourpuss in the bunch. Everyone has a great attitude and no chips on any shoulders. We actually had to leave the ICU waiting room because we felt we were to happy to be in there, laughing and cutting up as we waited to see mom. I love Scott, Caryl, Joe and Denise with every ounce of my heart.
It has been difficult to see my folks weak, but at the same time, it has given me opportunity to love on them and take care of them. I call it planting seed, cause one day I will need to be cared for and I want good seed in the ground so I can reap a good harvest!
What are you walking through right now? What can you be grateful for in the midst of it? What kind of seed can you plant in your life and in the life of others?
Can I encourage you to choose gratefulness today...find something to be grateful for and feel joy bubble up inside you. Joy is the result of gratefulness. It's God's gift to us in the midst of our difficult season.