Have you ever gotten a call that totally turned your world upside down?
I have received sad news before, I have witnessed many things but I can’t ever recall a telephone conversation that changed my life like the one I got on Tuesday. Just moments after I finished my blog about being flexible and allowing time for God to move, I would experience that on a whole new level. I think Tuesday’s blog was for me, awkward I know.
My Dad (840 miles away) calls to tell me that my Mom had what they EMT thought was a stroke. He was shaken! I was helpless, I could not do nothing in that moment. I later explained to Allen that I always have a plan, I always come up with a solution. However, in that exact moment I was paralyzed with a million emotions.
Is my Mom going to die today?
Is that why I got a chance to have a great phone conversation with her last week?
Who is going to help my Dad get to the hospital?
Who is going to hug them both and reassure them?
While I have loved the opportunity for them to spend the winter in Florida, I didn’t love that I wasn’t 5 minutes away, heck I would have taken 2 hours away. No, I was 12 hours away! I was alone, I was pacing. I never recall doing that before like I did that day.
I have never thought of a world without my mom, I just haven’t. I still actually do not want to! I take her for granted, she is loving, she explodes with the grace of God to everyone. I was speechless, the only person I could turn to was God. I cried out to Him, I pleaded for my parents on their behalf! I poured my heart out to God and He poured His love and peace out all over me.
Of course, my first reaction was to see someone, tell them everything. Shout my fears out to them, but I was in the middle of no where by myself. I know God puts us in situations like this to teach us, I had no choice but to go to Him first. Let me back up, we talked about this at church last Sunday, I had a devotion that talked about it last week and then I experienced it. God had began preparing me for what He knew lied ahead for me. He is offering that same love and provision for you too, you just have to listen and trust Him.
So, meanwhile in Florida. The ambulance was rushing my Mom to the hospital while my Dad tried to keep up. Little did we know, that as she was praying and crying out to God in the ambulance that she was getting her miracle. All of the sudden all of her symptoms went away, she could speak, move her arms; she could do any and everything. She had just experienced a mini stroke (TIA for you googlers?).
So, while we were unsure of what was going on, God knew. He heard our cries and He responded. Medically you can look at the situation and say that is what the signs of a TIA say, however spiritually you can look at them and say thank you Jesus for preventing things from going haywire. Thank you Jesus for a “warning stroke” so we can take measures from preventing another one. Thank you Jesus that their was no damage and that it wasn’t a full blown stroke.
The last time I laid eyes on my mom was Feb 1, and thank Jesus that I was able to see her in her full strength and health yesterday! We actually took her for group therapy today to help her gain some of her strength back and rest!
I have never really been one to say, you better get right with your maker and the ones you love because you are not promised tomorrow, but I have to say it today! We simply can not know what tomorrow will bring! We MUST live each day to the fullest, love the ones you’ve been blessed with and give our hearts and lives to Christ and live a God honoring life!
I’m so grateful for this sweet time with my mom, dad and sisters, should we have had to have a tragedy strike for us to take this time with her? NO
God has blessed us once again, He has moved on our behalf. I must shout about it, tell it from the sandy beaches of Florida! God is awesome, He is for us; not against us! We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood! Live like it, act like it! Start today.
Be intentional, show your love, don’t live with regret! Just don’t! Be the person you know you were meant to be, share and show love. Take the example from my sweet momma, love EVERYONE with the grace of God. ❤
Coming at you with a heart of thansgiving on this beautiful sunny Florida afternoon…I’m going to soak up every second I can with my Mom while I have the chance! …and of course, you too Dad! ?