-Written by Anna-
Jesus is writing a story. It is not a story any of us could have imagined a month ago. Nor is it one that we would have chosen. But the reality this side of heaven is that redemption and salvation come through suffering. This is seen most clearly in the fact that Jesus was “born to suffer, born to save.” (Words from a Christmas song that Mom has repeated multiple times through this journey.) If the Son of God couldn’t avoid it why do we think we can?
Life (eternal or physical) comes through pain, someone ‘carrying’ and ‘bearing’ another. I have heard this truth echoed by my grandfather and Mom and Dad numerous times. Mom has ‘labored’ in prayer for many of you reading this blog. But Jesus has asked her to walk a journey that she didn’t ask for but one that she is willing to enter into even if for the time being it means lying in a hospital bed and using all her energy and strength to sit up straight and hold her head up. And she is choosing to believe that Jesus is gloriously unfolding a story that will bring forth life! We are choosing to believe that even if we don’t see it this side of eternity.
As I drove into Lexington this morning, long before the sun came up, I felt the weariness and reality that there is no weekend off in care-giving. In that moment, a song came on the radio, Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman. It was a gift that helped prepare me as I walked through the doors of the rehab to be met by the night nurse who told me Mom had a rough night and was ready to see family. I came in and read the song lyrics to Mom and we listened to it together. We got her settled back in and she slept all morning. It was a peaceful and restful sleep! Thank you Jesus!
I went home for a long break and got a phone call from Mom asking if I would stay the night with her. Dad had been here for hours and was rightfully tired! In four weeks she has not asked us once to stay the night, how could I say no?? So tonight we are having a slumber party in room 240! When I walked in tonight it was pure joy to see her as alert, awake and very much herself! The swelling in her head/brain is visibly decreasing and while it is increasing some of her discomfort, it means she is far more herself than we have seen in weeks. Praise the Lord!
I just tucked her in and she asked to pray together. I prayed mainly for her night and then she started praying. She prayed Scripture over her grand-kids and family. She then prayed for just a few of the many she carries on her heart. I have not heard her pray for things that we haven’t just talked about yet. She started praying for BFA (Black Forest Academy, the school where I teach). She prayed for the Olsons, Shannon, Barb, and all the staff and students. She prayed for Rachel, Midhuna and Meredith. It sounded just like her prayers before all of this! What a gift! She is now sleeping, hopefully for a longer stretch than last night. But Jesus isn’t sleeping and continues to unfold His glorious story even in the midst of this long hard road.
She asked me to share this song with you all (see link below). Our prayer is that we will all trust the Father heart of God with the story He is unfolding for each one of us!