Thursday, June 21, 2012

Still Present

You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.”
Psalm 21:6b NAS

Today is one of those days. Boo is having trouble staying oriented. He has a minor infection which causes him to be more confused than usual. I've spent much of the day reorienting Boo to time and place, checking his blood pressure and blood glucose readings, helping him to the bathroom, feeding him small snacks, talking calmly to him...and repeating the process. I've washed dishes and one load of clothes. That's all I've accomplished today. And I had such plans for the day until reality took me by the hand and led me down a different path.

In the midst of my frustration, I thought of all the times I've wandered off the path and God has listened to my litany of complaints. He's held me gently and waited for me to calm enough to listen to Him and allow Him to lead me. And then had to repeat the process many, many times. (I'm a slow learner.) The patience and love He has shown me, I've not deserved.

After one of Boo's mini naps today, he grabbed my hand and joyfully announced to an empty room, “She's still here!” Well, of course. Then again, don't I react the same way with God? I still find myself thrilled that God is continually there for Boo and me. Right in the middle of our messy, chaotic lives, God is present, loving us, caring for us and gently leading us closer to Him. Today I'm most thankful for Emmanuel---God present with us---for in His presence we have all we really need.


  1. Praying you all are well very soon. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. This post broke my heart and healed it at the same time. Our stories are so different and so much the same. My 3 year daughter had encephalitis (a brain infection) and then developed an auto-immune reaction to it (much like Multiple Sclerosis) which caused her to lose the insulation coating on her brain. When she went to the hospital, she was a precocious 3 year old. When she came home she was an infant trapped in a 3 year old's body. She has made great strides, but she is still decidedly a special needs kid. Your ability to see the spiritual lessons hidden in the daily life difficulties is a beautiful gift. My blog is the same thing - trying to find that golden nugget in the piles of laundry untended, the dishes piled up, and the three other children who suffer along with us with less attention, less cuddling, less everything. Thank you so much for sharing what you're learning and reaching out to us and taking time to share even when you're suffering so mightily. You really touched me today.

  3. Praying for you. Thank you for sharing in community. Praying God's provision, strength, healing ... for you all.

  4. What a precious testimony, dear one! May He continue to reveal Himself in each moment of your service to your precious Boo. May He sustain and fill you. May His Peace wash over your spirit. Thank you so much for linking up!!!! :)