This week has been full of lots of road blocks for Grace and her family, as is always the case in these situations. Grace is now awake, confused, scared, and asking questions, Praise the Lord. If you know me you understand that this is going to be a long road for her as she moves forward and heals. Next week is her surgery to remove the rest of the AVM/AVF so it doesn't rupture again in the future. It is a little different than my surgeries; please continue to lift her and her family in your prayers. The surgery is on the 26th of September, which is Tuesday.
I haven't written in awhile because hubby has been working some crazy amount of hours this summer and has felt burned out which, of course, makes me burned out. We decided some weeks ago to escape on a little overnight trip to VT right before peak leaf season. The mountains were beautiful and it was nice to get away. In light of all that is going on here I did not take for granted the fact that this time I was blessed to be the one to have life go on as "usual". I remember being in the hospital thinking how "weird" it was that life was just going on for people out there. They were going to work, getting groceries, letting their dogs out. They were not thinking about hourly neuro checks, MRIs, angiograms, vasospasms, blood pressure, etc., you get the point. As we were away I still prayed without ceasing for Grace and her family. We saw some interesting trees and this letter/post came to my mind. It's not perfect, but here you go.....
I know you woke up in an unfamiliar scary place. You are in shock at what has happened to you, as are all those who love you. Right now it all seems so very overwhelming and even at times hopeless. If you are like me your mind has raced to the future wondering how your current situation fits into your hopes and dreams of what you wanted it to be. While this event has taken us all by surprise, God is not surprised. He has known all along and has a plan far greater than your own. This does not mean it is going to be easy, no my friend, it will take a whole lot of faith and yes, Grace! The trees we found on a recent trip to VT reminded me of the journey you are about to take.
Trees subjected to harsh conditions adapt by spreading their roots out deeper to ground them and keep them from blowing away in storms.
Other trees also overcame adversity in their own ways. Their trunks had become twisted as they fought to stand against fierce winds. But, they remained standing strong.
|Twisted trunk but standing strong!|
|Comeback!! Between a rock and a hard place.|
|"Getting knocked down in life is a given. |
Getting up and moving forward is a choice."- Zig Ziglar.
The trees around them seemed so ordinary and unremarkable, although each has its own story to tell, I'm sure!
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami
|“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” -DP|
|Literally clinging to the rock!|