Sitting here in the ER.
Waiting for the Doc to come in.
Reflecting on how quickly a day can turn upside down.
Just this morning I was basking in the beauty of these incredible peonies.
Shooting and writing the story of their magic in my mind.
The story I would tell you in my next post.
How my beautiful florist friend Pat messaged a photo to say…
‘look what I got in.’
CORAL pink peonies.
(and just $11.99 for 5 beautiful blooms at that)
‘I’m on my way….STAT…please hold 5 bundles for me. Oh my gosh.’
The phone rang…
interrupting the story I was writing in my mind as I clicked, clicked, clicked…
‘Hi Kimmy… I’m heading over to see Dr. D in a few minutes.’
Super casual as he does.
‘Why, what’s up? What’s wrong?’
I’ve been having some pain in my abdomine since last night.
’And you’re just telling me this now!’
(flashbacks of a few years back… when he called from work to say….
Hi Honey, I was working on the generator and my hand slipped. I lost a few fingers … The ambulance is taking me to Brandon…
I’ll be fine. You don’t have to come.’
Me: ‘Ummm, not. I’ll be right there.’
That was the beginning of a long road down and around.
from losing his two fingers to his leg amputation a few months after that.
Anyhow… back to today’s casual call from John.
So he went to our GP, who said get yourself to the ER.
All the alarms started to ring in my mind.
No… not now. For oh so many reasons… of course.
First, the pandemic. I mean who wants to sit in the ER!?
But if I’m honest the NO was much more than this current uncertain time.
It was more … NO not again.
I don’t want to go back.
We’ve done this a few too many times before.
And then I remembered last nights phone call with my kiddo.
(if you haven’t read my emails about Bryce…he’s summer pastoring at a church a few hours from our home. How amazing is that!)
Anyhow, he shared his first sermon (for this Sunday) with me as Ben and I walked.
Suffering makes way for comfort.
Without suffering we won’t seek comfort in the Lord.
When things are going well, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking…
Wow, how amazing this normal every day is!!
Until it’s not. Like right now.
When we suffer we reach for comfort… from God, family and friends.
When we suffer we can relate to others who are suffering and offer comfort as well.
There are many gifts in suffering …the thing we instinctively resist.
And so, I lean in.
to this moment, hhis wait.
What’s to come.
Trusting in faith and God’s grace.
We’re in a room now. It sounds like his gall bladder … maybe. The tests will soon tell.
I kinda love that I spent this waiting…writing this post with the peonies that were part of a beautifully normal day… then not.
Sending pretty pink blooms to each of you too.
I mean seriously …
Peonies… one of God’s amazing miracles. Don’t you think?
That’s it for now.
Be warned …. the peony posts are just warming up. (don’t forget I bought 5 bundles of 5… Oh the possibilities I have left.)
Over to You
Tell me true. How are you?
Here’s to a beautiful weekend.
with love & gratitude.
Peonies edited in Lightroom with Cozy from The Hygge Collection.
It’s his gallbladder. Surgery is set for tomorrow morning. They took him upstairs…he called to say… ‘I’m in my old room.’ Then we laughed.
Oh, dear. So funny what we find funny, isn’t it?
Thank you for all your support and love.
John had his surgery and is doing fine. Home sweet home soon. ♡