“You know Hobbes,
sometimes even my
lucky rocketship underpants
don’t help.” – Calvin
I read this today and forgive for saying this, but it made so much sense!! I have had a week that I hope not to repeat very soon. Suffice it to say that I was needed, although maybe not quite in a way I would have preferred.
I received a phone call on Sunday morning to go to a friends house, she was having chest pain and did not want to call the Fire Department, so I got out of bed, got dressed, (called the fire department anyway), and met them at her house. Then I drove 45 minutes away to the hospital on snowy, icy roads. I brought a book, stayed all day, and visited as well as helped where I could. I came back for several hours each day for the next few days.
My sweet friend had to have stints put into her heart, so it was quite the interesting event. Her family lives far away and I am the close one that they trusted to make the calls, check with the doctors, and make sure that she has the home care that she needs. Her daughter and son were very worried, and it was a relief to them to know that I was staying with her as much as possible.
She hates it when other people worry about her. She thought she was fine by herself, and she thought that I needed to be home with my family. She truly loves me, I know that! But, I see in her a vision of myself. I think that we all want and desire to be independant. We want to do it "alone". We want to succeed because we were strong and determined, (or at least, I know that I do). But as I have struggled with this week, I have also learned that Heavenly Father sends others where and when they are needed.
You see, when the phone rang, I answered it out of a sound sleep and came instantly allert. I talked with her, made my decision and acted on it all without even getting out of bed. I was dressed in less than a minute and running out the door. I KNEW it was serious, and I knew that she needed to go to the hospital immediately. I can't explain that feeling, but I was absolutely sure of it. Everything I have done this week was done out of love, compassion and with a deep sense of knowledge that it was exactly what I needed to be doing.
This week, I have learned that, if we truly listen, He will use us to help others and to bring them peace. I have learned how important it is to trust those feelings and perceptions. My heart is full of gratitude that I was able listen to that still small voice, to believe and trust in the feelings that came, and that everything contrived to provide a way for me to do what needed to be done. Life is full of miracles. Sometimes, we just have to look around us to find them. We recognize them as miracles when we acknowledge the hand of God in our lives.
"Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and strengthening the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-truvy." Marguerite De Valois