Sunday, April 13, 2008
DOUBT NOT HIS GRACE
Well, I was planning to let y'all know I'd be AWOL for about a week. We've been planning a trip to Kentucky for my birthday. OK. I'll be honest. We've been planning a trip to Kentucky for turkey hunting. My birthday just happens to fall in the middle of it. I really don't mind though. While the great white hunter (aka MWHITW) is off in search of the elusive fowl, great white thrifter (aka ME) goes out in search of new junque shops. I also planned to do some measuring and planning and exploring the endless remodeling possibilities in the "adopted" house. We had originally planned to leave yesterday morning, but postponed our departure until we were sure Bro. Billy was out of the woods. As of today, Bro. Billy has been taken off the respirator, is breathing well on his own, he's alert and oriented and talking! . . . . but for the glory of God . . . . ! So, we decided to pack up the truck and leave first thing tomorrow morning. But first, MWHITW decided he wanted to have the tires on the truck rotated and balanced, so after dinner he headed into town. He made it to within a half mile of the tire place and KAPOW! A row of cars in front of him stopped for a red light. He stopped for the redlight. The guy in the van towing a trailer full of sod and talking on his cell phone "didn't see" the line of traffic in front of him stopped at the red light and plowed into the back of our truck. Two hours in the emergency room, a new batch of pain meds, a nasty headache and neck ache and a truck with too much damage to take on a long trip later and needless to say, we're not heading for Kentucky in the morning! The whole scenario wouldn't be so bad except that 354 days ago we were rear ended by a drunk driver and Tony is still suffering from the injuries he sustained in that accident. Ironically, just before I got the phone call about the accident today, I was reading a post by Cathy where she quoted a devotional by Charles Spurgeon on I Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you". Part of Dr. Spurgeon's message says, "The is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you. His heart beats with pitty for your woe and His hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatt itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. If thou art one of His family, He will bind up thy wounds, and heal thy broken heart. Doubt not His grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that He loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness." Fortunately for me, things were put into perspective BEFORE I knew there was a need, so I was in the right mind set to handle the tribulations of today with the assurance that GOD IS IN CONTROL! As of right now, we MAY leave on Wednesday - in MY car.