Last night John was really sick. He was having a very hard time breathing which means there was a lot of extra fluid he was holding in his body. This is what happens when your heart doesn’t work properly. Your blood isn’t being circulated completely, so your body can’t flush out fluid that isn’t needed. He was up most of the night. It is probably the worst I have seen him as far as him not being able to breath. It was pretty scary.
Nevertheless, John went to work today. Later in the morning I got an email from him entitled “Building Elevators are Temporarily Out of Service”. He was forwarding me a message he had just received from work. In his email he proceeded to tell me that as soon as he got to work he was bombarded with requests and demands, and now the elevators weren’t working. So here he was not feeling well, sleep deprived, dealing with demanding co-workers and customers, and stuck on the fifth floor. He said that if the elevators weren’t fixed after lunch, he wouldn’t be able to get back up to his office. He could probably walk down the five flights taking breaks, but at this point walking up them is not an option.
In the meantime of getting his email and hearing of how his day had started off so horribly, I was leaving messages and playing phone tag with the nurse. She did call in a “super water pill” for John to take tonight, and hopefully that will get a lot of the extra fluid off of him.
During all of this I also read a blog that I like to read every day called “Desiring God” by John Piper, and today’s post was entitled “Song for Those with Disabilities”. The post had the lyrics written out and a link to hear the song itself. Immediately I was intrigued by the song’s title, and after reading the words and listening to the music I was amazed at God once again. On this day, after an exhausting night, when self-pity, resentment, anger, and fear want to set in and become footholds in our lives, God delivers to us this song of encouragement.
The ways God speaks to us simply amazes me. It amazes me at how the words come – through a song, or a person, or a thought, or an experience. It amazes me at how quiet His words are and if you aren’t really attuned to the Holy Spirit you might miss them. And it amazes me at how they come at just the perfect moment when they will have the most meaning and significance. As I have mentioned in previous posts, God continues to show up for us daily. He continues to speak to us, encourage us, and remind us that “all things work together for good for those who love Him”.
Lord, we do love you and thank you for sending us these words today.
“Song for Those With Disabilities”
Within the womb I formed you
I fashioned and made each part
I thought of your fingers, your hands and your feet
Your mouth, your lungs, your heart
Though you might think that you’re different
I made you the way that you are
So you could discover the God who made you
And find out all I am
And though you might think you have limitations
There are no limits with me
When you turn your eyes to my salvation
Finally you will see
In Me, you have all that you need
In Me, you have all that you need
In Me, you have all that you’ll ever need.
And I’ve heard each prayer that you’ve called out
“Why did you make me this way?”
You may not completely understand now
But there will be a day
When I make everything known to you
And what you don’t now understand
You will see that I’m wise and I’m mighty and good
Just like all my plans
And if you trust in the work of my Son
One day you will see
That I’ve made you the way you are
To draw your heart to me
To draw your heart to me.
Here is the link to hear the song.