we are sitting in a hospital waiting room again. We were here in May for Pop’s first carotid surgery, and we are here today for the second one. These visits to the hospital have bracketed a two-month return to our home base and all of the attendant joys and challenges that visits home engender. Assuming that everything goes well today, we will be taking off from Albuquerque in a couple of days and heading for Illinois to rejoin our itinerary, which has blithely continued on without us.
The joys of being back at our home base included spending time with friends and participating in men’s group and music activities at the church. We were able to take a two-week break and escape to Navajo Lake State Park, just about a half-hour from Shannon’s parents’ home. While there we were able to fall back into our routine of eating healthy and walking several times a day as well as some major hikes and a day on the lake in our kayak.
The stressors of being back in Aztec revolve around conflicts between our responsibilities as children of aging parents, and our own agendas and the frustrations of being in a holding pattern.
This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. Jeremiah 29:10-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
I kind of let things slide while we were home. I stopped reading my Bible every day, and I stopped listening to God every day. I stopped writing altogether. Sometimes I did OK with what was here for me to do and sometimes I was in a rebellious pout because my life was on hold and things weren’t turning out the way I wanted.
We always say that God laughs when we make our own plans. This seems to be a lesson that I have to learn over and over. . .His plans, not mine. He’s got me. I just need to be more patient and more attentive to the lessons He is presenting to me every day, whether I am struggling with my own agenda or living in his.