I got home at 6 pm, just at the moment my 92 year old mother-in-law called to tell of the “bang” she had heard in her head. Suspecting a stroke, we took her right away to the hospital. Since it was supper time, there were no other patients in the emergency room and they took us right in, immediately giving her a cat scan. Result: no sign of a stroke. However, her blood pressure was 212/99 and the doctor said that was the casue of her problem.
I had had an appointment for a discipleship time at 6:30 with my friend, Benjamin. Since he lives right next to the hospital, I called him and he came over and we visited while waiting for the results. When the doctor said it would be a couple of hours before they would release my mother-in-law, my wife, who had eaten earlier, stayed with her while Benjamin and I went home, had supper and our discipleship lesson. Then we went back and got my wife and mother-in-law.
Praise be to you, Lord Jesus, for your shepherding us through these events—getting me home at just the right time, having this happen when the hospital wasn’t busy, and at just the time when I was to meet with Benjamin, who lives right next door, so all worked out well. I praise you for your power to orchestrate events, to guide us through them, and to give us your grace for them. You are good, kind and mightily trustable.