Sorry I haven't written much lately. Touring, lack of internet access, lack of camera--all these things are reasons. Tonight, however, there is reason enough for me to stay up later than I should, finagle internet access, and write this out. It is this:
I called home today to catch up with my mom for the first time in several days, and my sister answered. "Why are you there?" I asked. "Mom isn't doing so well," she said. My mom had a bad spinal injury over a year ago and has been on lots of medication to help subdue the pain (the doctors wanted to avoid surgery). This has worked fairly well so far, but for the past few days, she hasn't really been able to move and she is in terrible pain. She had an MRI yesterday; results are expected on Monday. Dad says it will probably require surgery.
It would be a lie to say I'm not tempted toward fear. My prayer is that He will heal her, restore her health. My other prayer (for me) is that I will remember where my hope lies and that I will rest in the peace of God's plans and timing and immense love, whatever the outcome.
I'm headed home tomorrow night to see her during a brief break on this tour, but I'll only be able to stay there for about 15 hours. Tonight, as I sat in my hotel room and opened up the Bible study book that I'd been putting off for a few days, I found that the chapter happened to be about peace. It was perfectly timed. I will leave you with this, which comforted me and reminded me of the truth:
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
If you are one of those people who talks to God about things, then I would love it if you would pray for my mom. Her name is Carole. She is amazing. :)