31 Grace-full Days: Day 14 – The Unexpected

My 31 day challenge is taking a bit of a detour this week. I hope you don’t mind.

I went to the hospital yesterday to be with my mom and dad while my dad had an angiogram. Many weeks of chest pain led up to this and we assumed he’d have the arteries opened up, stents put in and call it a day.

We weren’t prepared for the words,

Triple Bypass

Those two words hung in the air – disbelief and shock mixed with concern. We watched recorded images of the angiogram, asked questions and then waited for the surgeon. Eight hours, about a dozen or so needle sticks, multiple tests and meetings and a hundred questions later, he was scheduled for open heart surgery, two days later.

That day is tomorrow, and what has been accomplished to make it all happen quickly is sort of miraculous. More than that, we cannot believe the outpouring of love and support my parents have received. And honestly, I should not be surprised at all, because my parents are two of the most generous, giving, loving people I know.

What goes around comes around.

Or, as the Bible would put it,

You reap what you sow.

So tomorrow, my dad will undergo hours of surgery while our family waits for the good report of success. I’m thankful for many things. Most of all, I’m thankful for family and friends that rally around to be present, whether physically or emotionally, for us. I’m thankful for all the seeds of love and kindness and generosity they have sown, and how those seeds reap a harvest of love and care and concern for them.

There’s grace in the unexpected. Things come into view in new and different ways. All of the daily nuisances seem a little less important. I’ll take the blessing of a clearer view for today, and trust that tomorrow, we’ll see beyond what is unknown and embrace what the day holds for us then.

Don’t worry about tomorrow, today has enough trouble of it’s own. 

I choose not to worry, but trust that in the unexpected, God is holding my dad and will lead him through the hours of surgery and days of recovery with loving kindness and strength.

More tomorrow friends…

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This post is installment #14 of a 31 day writing challenge.  You can read the rest of my posts here:

Day oneDay twoDay three, Day four, Day five, Day sixDay sevenDay eightDay nineDay tenDay 11Day 12Day 13

 

 

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