We had a wonderful time enjoying God’s creation, though one member wasn’t with us.
Paul took ill again while with his grandmother, so we cut our time away a little short. We were with a new medical specialist on Monday who is just as flummoxed as we are about what is causing Paul’s spells. More doctoring is coming.
As wearying as even thinking about a new round of tests and more new doctors is, our vacation provided some important reminders of God’s continuing kindness to our family:
- Paul has an aunt who lives near grandma, and this particular aunt is a very highly trained and experienced medical specialist herself. She made sure he was never in any immediate danger.
- Not one child complained about leaving early. They wanted to be with their brother.
- The various reservations were easily canceled without penalty.
- Paul’s regular pediatrician and her staff immediately got the appointment for Monday with a new specialist.
- We found Paul in very good spirits. He didn’t want to leave the farm and he continues to ask for grandma today. What a comfort to have him bond so closely with such a good woman who loves him dearly!
I try not to take any of the above for granted; yet I am certainly prone to grumbling as plans needed to be changed.
Habakkuk provides good instruction to help me fight self-pity and self-righteousness:
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.