Monday, October 27, 2014

Our Helper and Guide

Life is filled with surprises, and unexpected turns. And at times, we find ourselves overwhelmed, not knowing which way to go. 

Such was the case for us a week ago. We had just returned from an amazing week in Colorado Springs - a great conference where we were refreshed by our connections with other Cru staff, and also by a few extra days of vacation together after the conference, just my hubby and me.

We were completely taken off guard by what awaited us back home ... my 93 year-old father was in great need, and mixed in with our Cru work and responsibilities at home after a week away, we spent our week caring for my father. 

And as we look back on the intense week of caring for my father's needs, we are very aware that we were not alone. That somehow, things were happening in the order that they should, to bring about the care that was needed.   

So very thankful ...
  • that the crisis did not come until we returned from our trip
  • that because of my father's regular doctor being gone last week, we were introduced to another one - one who was able to communicate very clearly to him about what needs to be done
  • for the specialist that this new doctor referred us to, and that we were able to get in for an appointment the very next day
  • for admittance to the hospital a few hours after the appointment with the specialist
  • for wisdom of doctors and nurses as a plan was made
  • for my father's complete cooperation with this plan, a miracle
  • moving my father to the skilled nursing center (for a period of treatment) in the retirement facility where he has an independent living apartment - and for his complete cooperation and welcoming of all help

Thank You, Lord, for carrying us through each step of this past week - it was so very emotionally and physically intense - for my father, and for my hubby and me (along with other family). Thank You for the miracle that our father is welcoming all the care, and is cooperating fully with his caregivers. Thank You for peace that You are giving him in the midst of the trauma of the week.

Life is full of unknowns, and heart-breaking situations. And we honestly do not know what is around the next corner. What even today will bring. But I am so thankful and I am reminded that with each step, we have a Helper, and a Guide who shows us where to go.

I will instruct you 
and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will counsel you
and watch over you.
(Psalm 32:8 NIV)


  1. The 23rd Psalm comes to mind as you walk through the valley, as does Joshua 1 as we are encouraged to be strong and courageous because He will never leave us nor forsake us. Praying for you and the rest of the family as you navigate the days and weeks ahead. We love you all.

    Bill and Judy

  2. What a blessing to have a 93 year old father, who is appreciative of his caregivers! Thanks to God Who is with us always! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia