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Saturday, January 20, 2007

SETTLED AND SCHEDULED . . . SOMEWHAT

Ecclesiastes 3:1 has been a verse of comfort during our many transition periods these past few years by its constant reminder that “[t]o every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Times of transition are not over, nor will they ever be, but how grateful we are to feel settled and somewhat scheduled in our home – our base of operations. Life’s storms are so much easier to bear when an ordered home awaits to provide respite after the day’s battle.

Sometimes one doesn’t value the blessings they have until those blessings are removed for a season. Living in the same house year after year allows a certain schedule and order to develop which can easily be taken for granted; at least that is what I did. After moving cross-country, dealing with escalating issues with our grandfather which resulted in eventual placement, and then moving again, our lives felt ruled by the tyranny of the urgent. Projects, studies, even major housecleaning were all put on the back-burner of daily life as we sometimes struggled to stay afloat and manage all the new responsibilities. But that is when the comfort found in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 would buoy us onward as we remembered that God gives us different seasons of life, and during this particular time we might not be able to accomplish larger tasks or be as faithful in our studies as before. It is not an easy lesson to learn, but one that I am grateful God chose to teach us.

As the year 2007 dawns, it promises to be as full and exciting as previous years, but somewhat scheduled as well. Although interruptions, changes and challenges of magnitudes I cannot even imagine will come throughout the year, it feels good to at last have a scheduled system in place that will help achieve greater productivity and learning during these next several months. Flexibly scheduled is how we desire to live, but always remembering that God might choose to take us down the path of drastic transition at any time He sees fit. We might prefer the “time of peace,” but always shall be ready for the “time of war.”

On another note, this past week has seen a great decline in the health of our grandfather. He is now completely confined to his bed. A few months ago he fell resulting in a broken hip and surgical replacement. Due to his dementia, successful rehabilitation was not possible, and he has grown steadily worse since that time. Last week he was hospitalized due to severe dehydration and pneumonia which had developed in one lung. No longer able to eat or drink, today a feeding tube is being surgically inserted into his body. His recovery from the pneumonia is almost complete and he soon will be discharged and returned to the nursing home. We know not whether the Lord will take him quickly or allow him to remain on this earth, but we are praying that His will be done. What a comfort it is to know that our grandfather loves the Lord, and that even with his dementia his greatest desire was to go home to be with his Father. Once again Ecclesiastes 3 rings true as it explains that there is “[a] time to be born, and a time to die.” Sometimes the “time to die” goes slowly while you see life gradually flow from the body, resulting in a time to watch and cry.

~Cara

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cara,
Thank You for sharing from your heart. I am greatly touched and encouraged. You remain in my prayers.
With love in Christ,
Tayla Maira

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Ann Merritt said...

Cara,

I hope that you're all comforted during this time of illness with your grandfather. My family knows a little about what it's like to go through days of sufferings with a loved one.
It's hard to see them suffer.

2:15 PM  

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