I was just thinking that you never really know what could be just around the corner. Life is a series of unexpected and unplanned happenings that just seem to come up, whether they're scheduled or not. Many times, an unanticipated event is viewed as a hassle; something that we have to "deal with", an unpleasant ocurrence that we just get through. Maybe - depends on your perspective of the situation.
The Bible teaches us to be thankful for our tribulations because often times these events are strengthening us for the future; building character if you will. Or, as I've often been told - what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Then again, sometimes I believe these little unplanned happenings are gentle reminders from our Father in heaven. You know, like a little prod for us to take note of something we are doing, or how we are living, that might need a little tweaking. We get a tiny little taste of how our lives could be changed, or what they could become, should we choose to ignore these casual glimpses. Just a thought...
Last week my hubby was having some stomach discomfort. He felt bad enough to stay home from work on Thursday and Friday. I urged him to go see the doctor. Saturday he still wasn't feeling any better; in fact he felt worse.
By Saturday evening, what was earlier a physical discomfort became an intolerable amount of pain. We spent the night in the emergency room. He has been diagnosed with an ulcer. We were told that if he hadn't come in, it likely would have perforated and would have probably become life threatening. Something that would have required surgery to repair, if it didn't cost him his life. Scary stuff.
Yesterday, he was released from the hospital. He said he felt like he had been in jail, and that the fresh air and freedom were wonderful. No more needles, or being hooked up to monitoring equipment. Solid food. I can only imagine.
I am sorry that he suffered for so long with the pain. I am also thankful for this little bump in the road. I believe that God was reminding him that his life is valuable and that he needs to take greater efforts to maintain his blessing of good health. Our lives and our bodies are only ours for a short while here on this earth. We have stewardship of our health and we need to treat our blessings with respect. For everything that is good comes from God.
And life is good.
And today, I am thankful that my hubby is at home...and has had a gentle reminder from his Father who loves him enough to discipline him, and remind him that his life is worthwhile and of great value.
Blessings from cingspots...