Monday, June 1, 2009

Headed Back to New Normal,Texas

     My husband and I are headed back to New Normal for his surgery on Thursday.

Note: God does manage the element of time. I see those of you reading my blog posts as friends; therefore, I willingly open the door to our lives. To all of you that I know through your words of encouragement and prayer, I feel as if I have known you forever. God took this short amount of time that I have known you , and He enhanced it, He set it in double-time.

     This is what I have learned in the past few weeks.

That my mind limits the power of God and that it is often a contradiction in terms.

I imagine God coming in , sort of as a relief pitcher, to save the day, to get the win at the end, to be involved in the final, magical healing of whatever one needs.

That’s not it at all. 

That is nowhere near what it is. The contradiction in what I think God does or is interested in doing is so far removed from what actually happens.

What actually happens is that God works through others.

Through the member of our church ,who is a registered nurse, who has never done home health but signed on because it is my husband.

Through the people who know what a coyote I am (South Texas term for an extremely private person- a loner of sorts), and they come anyway.

It would be like looking across a lake and seeing someone drowning and saying, “ Don’t look now but Laura is drowning, but she is PRETENDING that she is NOT- act like you don’t see her.”

Again they come anyway, and I squirm ,and I am so glad they did.

God happens through the flowers that were brought to our house this afternoon, that were part of Sunday’s church service, with a card attached that reads:

These flowers have been on the altar of St. Matthew’s Church. They have heard the hymns that have been sung, the prayers that have been prayed, and the sermon that has been preached. Now with their silent message, they come to you with love.

God is in my home and the solace we feel here, and God is in the rain shower that blessed my yard today.

God sat on my front porch this afternoon with my husband, my father, and I as we drank iced tea and talked about our pecan tree in the front yard.

These are all things part of God’s healing hand in my husband’s recovery, and he will recover.

So what I learned in the last few weeks is that the God of my understanding knows that pitching a no hitter – saving the game- is sometimes the best way to get someone’s attention ( my attention in fact) , but that is not all He is capable of doing.

The contradiction is that all of that winning at the end is really the small stuff.

It is more about what leads up to it all- the day to day human touches and gifts of love and caring- that really count.



Lisa Pogue said...

Bless your heart, I will be thinking and praying for you and your family!!

DKG aka Scrappy Doo said...

Prayers for you and yours.

Deb said...

sending prayers for you and your family....keep us posted...

Susie Homemaker said...

Still praying for you and your husband...I am so glad you know you are not in this alone...God does provide.


Kim Pigue said...

God is faithful, this I know! Praying for you my blog friend!

Joy Tilton said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...
joy c. at grannymountain

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You and your hubby are in my prayers. (((hugs))).

Dixie said...

Laura... such a touching and heartfelt post... your words touch each of our hearts in different way...

I am a believer that God will do whatever we let him.. so just open your sweet heart and allow him to do whatever it is that is needed to get you back to Old Normal, Texas...

You know my prayers go with you... blessings. Dixie

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Sorry to hear of your struggles. But am happy to read of your faith.

Sue said...

Laura, Your strong beliefs will continue to support you in times of trial and tribulation. Sending prayers and good thoughts, Sue

Debbie's Garden said...

Coyote....yeah, sisters for sure. I have found in really hard times, you see God in everything. Everywhere. Its like someone gave you glasses to see better. Are you more open at those times? Or just looking for a sign? Either way, you know in your heart that he's there, its such a calmness in your turmoil. There's such a quietness on your inside. Hugs 'n' prayers.


Domestic Designer said...

What a lovely post. Please know that you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless! DD

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Oh yes, so true of the mentioned above in your post. God is always interested in everything we do. If he is interested in healing a foal(Romeo),would he not be interested in healing a human being as well? God is always the same, it is WE who change and grow distant to Him. The fact remains that he wants us to ask. He loves to hear the requests/desires of our hearts that are dear to us no matter how small in our every day lives. We just seem to think they're are too trivial for him to care. He already knows them all but asks us to trust Him enough to lay them at his feet daily and let Him do the work. Blessings and prayers! Luanne

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Lovely post, you and your husband will be in my thoughts!


Joy said...

It's all about a relationship isn't. The relationship God wants with us and the relationships He graciously allows us to form on the earth with others.
Those words that were attached to the flowers from church were just beautiful. What a sweet way to keep those at home in touch with their congregation.
I'm still here in north Houston if you need me.
My house will be empty at the end of this month if you are still here and want to stay here while we're gone.


Pam said...

Such a beautiful post. I do think in times of need we see that God works through us all. The opportunity for you to find God in others as well as the opportunity for others to allow God to work through them. So glad you are surrounded by love. I am praying for your family and that all will be well with your husband. Hugs from Ohio, Pam

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Oh Laura! I am so glad you are feeling God all around you! He will carry you and your family thru it all! I will pray for you and your husband! Lauralu :)

Bunny said...

Your faith shows through you wonderful post. You and your Hubby are in our prayers.

June said...

Laura, I am blessed by coming to your lovely place today to read this post full of so much hope. God certainly does use others to meet our needs. Thus He blesses all.
Hugs to you,

trish said...

Your words are ministering so much, to me. I needed to read them this morning. I will read them several times, most likely. I want them to sink in and flood my life.
Our personalities are very much alike, in what you shared. Thank you for letting me know, I am not alone.
My prayers are with you, friend.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Anne Marie said...

yes, earnest prayers indeed.

peace be with you~ and your husband~

Unknown said...

I hope all goes well. Your family is in my prayers!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Dear Laura....

That was so touching......I wish I could express myself the way you're able to, so I'd be able to say what's in my heart. Please know that I'm praying for you, sweet girl...and for your hubby and daughters. How fortunate you are to have such wonderful friends.


Tonja said...

As I am a new reader to your blog, I do not know all the 'back story'...BUT, I have been through the fire with my three boys and I so get what you are saying. The greatest feeling in the world is KNOWING that all the things we have heard about God, are true. All the things you have heard about how He can see for yourself. All the things that happen, that could not happen without His can see for yourself. And...most of all...that 'peace that passes understanding' can feel...and you know it is real and from Him.

God bless you and your family.


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, Dear Laura, you are right about blogging friends ~ I have "known" you for a very short time and yet I feel moved to pray for you and your husband, joy in your triumphs and thankfulness that you give us peeks into your life.

Special thoughts and prayers for surgery and recovery as well as peace and comfort.

Kindly, ldh

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Okay Laura...I searched every where on your blog for your email and I couldn't find it. I'd have rathered email you privately to ask you this question...
What gives you the strength and sincerity, (with all that is going on) to follow our blogs DAILY and leave such sweet comments???

I come here and I read about you & your husband's trials. I in turn pray for you and your family, yet I find it difficult to find the right words to leave here. I just can't fathom how you can manage all what you do.
I know the answer is God, no doubt about it.

I just feel so humble that you can still spread sunshine on our blogs on somewhat gray days from "Normal Texas" are truly an amazing & giving woman!!!

everything vintage
ps...I'll be sending up some extra prayers tomorrow!!! (Thursday)

Crystal said...

Laura, I just had to comment on this post because it touched my heart so deeply. First, we are all very guilty of putting God in a box, which is so sad. Our finite minds sometimes just cannot comprehend His infinite Power. I am with you sister on the loner thing...don't know why, I'm sure something from my upbringing, which is a whole different story. I chuckled when you gave the analogy of drowning and pretending not to be...THAT'S ME GIRLFRIEND! I am thankful God has given me people to see otherwise and love me in spite of it, my dear husband for one :-) Blessings!


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