Once again, I want to thank you for your prayers for my dad. He was released from the hospital today (Wednesday, June 29) and is recovering and resting comfortably at home.
The past week has been somewhat stressful for me...but it has also been educational as well. In the past I have told you about my “homiletic habit” (where I observe everyday things and come up with Scriptural applications). Well, that was in full force over the past week to ten days.
One really important lesson concerns taking things for granted. This lesson came to me in a number of ways.
I have always just figured my dad would be there if I needed him. On Tuesday of last week, as I was helping him straighten their garage and he began pointing out to me which box held this important paper and that important paper...it hit me like a ton of bricks: if the surgery did not go as planned, well, reality set in.
Then came the day of the surgery. We had been told it was scheduled for 12:30 PM. We actually arrived at the hospital an hour ahead of when we were told to arrive. Things moved quickly and we were in the pre-op room when the nurse said the surgery was scheduled for noon.
We told her we’d been told 12:30 (not that we were complaining). She looked and, sure enough, one paper said noon and one said 12:30. This was all moot, though, when she came in at 11:55 AM and said 1:30 was the new start time...a little later it was 2:00...then 2:30.
It was just before 3:00 when we were told 4:00, so my mom and I decided to go eat lunch at the snack bar. We had no sooner picked up our food and sat down at the table then the nurse came out and said the doctor was in the room!
Then, after the surgery...let’s just say that there are certain things that we all do that, if one has just had abdominal surgery, they must do in order to start eating again. It’s a simple thing, but it took my dad about five days to start again.
We are so prone to take things for granted. My dad will always be there for me...surgeries will start on time (OK, this one is stretching it a bit)...seemingly “simple” things that we all do without even thinking about them.
But the truth is that none of us is guaranteed that we will be here tomorrow. Just because Jesus hasn’t come back yet, He is coming and it will be when you least expect it...perhaps just as you start to try and relax a bit. And even “simple” things are really very important...so always do your best!