Do you ever have these plans made on what you are going to do, and then something happens, and those plans just go out the window? Well, that is what happened this past weekend.
Our son-in-law, Wiley was doing an Ironman, and Christi and Reed were going to cheer him on. Papaw and I were keeping Owen. We had planned out what we were going to do. We were going him to go to the Tamale Festival and go see Nanna and Paw.
Well, plans changed. Owen got sick, and we had to take him to see his pediatrician Saturday morning. Owen had pneumonia, and so our plans changed because we were grounded. We had to make Owen’s health our priority. So, we did!
We gave him all the medicines right on schedule and breathing treatments every four hours. Yes, we did pray for him, and he was such a trooper. We did what the doctor said, and guess what? Owen started getting better immediately.
I slept with Owen because a sick little one needs to know that someone who loves him is nearby. During the night, he would reach over and touch me to make sure that I was there.
He was able to rest because we did what we were supposed to do, and he could rest assured that we were right there all the time.
Owen’s major lifeline is his sweet momma, Christi. Of course, he asked about momma and church all the time. Before he got sick, we had told him that after church on Sunday, he would see his momma.
Well, we had to unteach that one because we had to stay home. So, Saturday, we taught him the song about the sun coming out tomorrow. He was so cute singing it. We videoed him and sent it to his mom.
Sunday morning, while waiting for Mom to come, we sang songs. All those songs that I grew up learning, and then taught to my kids came back to mind as I taught them to Owen. “Jesus Loves Me,” “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” “If You are Happy and You Know It,” “I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing,” and some others were what we sang. I taught him some simple Scripture about God’s love.
I told Mike that we had church, and that he could preach. Of course, he didn’t! LOL.
We still had fun with Owen, even if he was sick. I hope that he had fun too, in spite of feeling poorly.
Don’t you think that God’s love is kinda like that for us? Even if our plans change, and we get sick, God’s love is still there. God watches over us and gives us medicine and treatments as we need them.
We just have to remember that His Word is medicine, His church is family, and His treatments are the love of God to us personally and the love of others who allow Him to flow through them.
Even when we frightened in the night, we can just reach out and feel His presence right there with us. His love is like a blanket of pure unconditional love all around us and with us.
You see, we don’t have to walk this path of life by ourselves. We are never really alone for He is always with us. All we have to do is call his name. Call Jesus, and He is there. He is even there when we think that He is not.
It is written that He will never leave or forsake us. That means what it says. Never means never.
So when your plans get changed, just adjust and go with the flow. There is often a very good reason.
Count your blessings, and see what The Lord has done.
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.