It's a Good Day!


I wrote last time about my determination NOT to worry as my daughter, clear across the country, was in excruciating pain on a bus trip, far from her home.


As things turned out, she ended up in the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Thanks to some wonderful people who took a great deal of time and went to a lot of inconvenience to get her to the care she needed; thanks to skilled surgeons and their team, and thanks to a loving God whose Hand we cannot deny in all of it, she is doing well today. 


Throughout the day I was able, (with a few reminders from my sweet new husband!) to counter every worried thought with the more helpful thought that God was watching over her, and that trusting Him was much better than doubting fate.


Jeffrey R. Holland said, "The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future."


I learned from that experience. I learned increased gratitude for others who step in and sacrifice where I cannot be and carry burdens I wish I could carry but cannot. I learned increased appreciation for people who've trained and become skilled and so could save my daughter's life. I learned how much it meant to me when I was filled with concern to have someone I could express all those concerns to without being judged or demeaned. I hope to be that kind of person in the future.



And I learned once again that God truly answers prayer, and that I CAN trust Him, even when the answers He sends may be sent in a very different way than I anticipated.


Yes, it's a good day. And if I remember the lessons I've learned, every day from here on out can be, too.

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