Life can change in an instant. So many things affect our path, and now and then, something big comes along that takes us by surprise. This past week was Vacation Bible school at NWBC. VBS is easily my favorite week of the year in ministry. The lives of kids and leaders alike are changed, and I love to be a part of it. But this year, I had an unexpected surprise…
Monday at VBS I got a call from our family doctor, saying that a recent test result was abnormal and Carson needed to get in to the hospital for an ultrasound right away. Monday evening we got in for the ultrasound, then saw our doctor again on Tuesday. By Friday, an appointment at Children’s in Seattle showed that Carson has numerous kidney stones, and the function of his kidneys was in question.
Recently when I’ve been talking with people about Keith’s disease, I often comment that I’m thankful our boys are healthy. I think it’s almost come to the point where the health of our boys has become my security, my hope. This morning I was hiking, and I caught sight of a squirrel. He jumped and scrambled along the small, flimsy branches of about 6 trees before finally jumping to the solid base of a large tree. He reminded me of how I sometimes look for security in the wrong places before finally landing back on the solid hope of God. It’s easy to turn to earthly things for our security…money, friends, even family, but our hope, and our security, can’t be found there.
Psalm 62:5-8 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
When, in the future, my earthly tendency leans on the world and not on my Heavenly Father, I pray that I’ll picture that crazy little squirrel, scrambling around for something solid, and eventually finding it. I’m sure the next time, he leapt for the solid tree a little sooner, and I hope I’ll do the same.
|Carson the Great at Children's Hospital|