Hello! Life has been rather crazy here this week, as most of you already know. My 95 year old mother in law, "Nanny", is still among the living, but barely. Every morning we expect a call from the nursing home telling us she passed in the night...but so far she is hanging on and we make the hour's drive in every day to see her and tell her we love her and try to soothe and comfort her when she is having extreme agitation. Thankfully the meds they give help, but there are moments when they don't...so we sing hymns, hold her hands and talk softly to her and soon she calms down and drifts back to sleep. We can't stay all day, so we tiptoe out after she falls asleep and go on about our business and wait for the call. This has been our routine all week. She is a strong woman, and for whatever reason, her time to let go just hasn't happened yet. In God's perfect timing she will make the transition from this life to the next...and not a moment sooner.
roses in our memorial garden seem to bloom especially for special people on special days. (click on the links for examples) This is another example.
But the rose blossomed, and because of the extreme heat and dryness this week, it started to die very quickly...
And so I cut it and brought it inside and put it in water to see if it would revive, but as you can see, the sun damage was pretty severe.
And God said to me, "Who do you think you are, to be able to say on this day or that day so and so will happen? You are not Me, and you do not know the plans that I have for you or for "Nanny"...so please just rest in Me, and let Me show you what is best."
And so we wait, and I feel somewhat admonished...and yet comforted that God has shown me again that He is truly in control in all things...His timing is always perfect, and it is not up to me to know the times or the seasons (even Jesus told His disciples this in Acts 1:7, just before the day of Pentecost)