Getting Back To It

Getting Back To It

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Trusting and waiting patiently.

It's been an extremely busy week and Aaron is doing very well.  Aaron has been keeping himself quite busy around the house here and also doing some cleaning up at his home in Mechanicville.  He has expressed that he is really looking forward to moving on with his life.  Living in his home, finding a new job.  Aaron is so grateful for those who have dropped a note in the mail, or stopped by to say hi.  Some have even sent financial support.  What a blessing!  We are now focused on August 4th for Aaron's 2nd operation.  On Monday, I will pick up Nathan at the Greyhound bus station in Albany and then shoot over to the Albany Airport to get Jennifer and Jordan who will be arriving from Rockford, IL.  Elizabeth will be arriving on Wednesday via bus from NYC.  Life is ironic.  This is the very week that we were all going to get together at my Sister-in-Law's beach house in beautiful Bethany Beach for a week of sun and pleasure. Grandma Fisher (Donna's mom) was going to be there as well.  Today is also our 34th wedding anniversary.  It's a stark reminder that our "tomorrows" are in God's hands.  Oh, how wonderful heaven will be when all sorrow, tears, fears and uncertainty will be no more.  Dear friend, neighbor, family member,  are you "assured" of that promise?  If you were to die today what assurance would you have that the Great GOD of heaven would say, "enter into the joy of the Lord".  If you have ANY answer other than, by the blood of Jesus and no more, than you may miss heaven.  "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and not of yourselves it is the gift of GOD, not of works less any man should boast".  Ephesians 2:7-9. 
Please continue to pray and ask our Great God to have this 2nd operation be a total success.  To remove the tumor completely, that it would be benign and that there would be no brain involvement.
Jennifer has been faithfully sending us a daily devotion.  I have included the one below. Enjoy,
Love, Fred, Donna, Elizabeth, Aaron, Jennifer, Jordan and Nathan

(Jennifer's devotion)
It's raining again.  We went from being dry, incredibly humid, grass browning, concerned farmers, a period of drought - to an overabundance of rain.  This whole time I was rejoicing in the downpour, until I realized that it was too much.  We've hit records in Chicago for July rainfall, the same month we were experiencing a drought.  Flash flood warnings are prominent across the region.  I am simply struck by it all.  When we had sunshine, we needed rain.  Now that we have rain, we need sunshine.  We can pray for sunshine, but do we really know how much we need?  We can pray for rain, but is it possible that we think we should receive so much that it actually does more harm than good?  Perhaps that's how it is in our prayer life.  We pray and pray and pray for something, but often times what we think we need really isn't what we need at all.  Or we think we need an abundance of something, but it would actually become an overabundance... a drought instead of sunshine or a flood instead of rainfall.  Really it comes down to this.  God knows exactly how much rainfall is needed to feed the grass, but will keep the rivers within their trenches.  He knows exactly how much sunshine is needed to nourish the gardens, but will keep their leaves from being scorched.  So we can only trust that his perfect will knows that the next steps from here on out will be dusted with just enough sunshine, and nurtured with just enough rain.  In other words, his way is perfect.  Though he is gracious to receive our specific requests, may our hearts be willing to pray for what he desires.  After all, he is God.

The LORD will guide you always;
   he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
   and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, 
   like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Jennifer. Our tiny minds have a tough time knowing what the mercy of God looks like sometimes, don't they?
    Love you guys!
    C. Bates