Well here is a different sort of post than ya’ll have been getting out of me lately. I had an encounter at the Chick today (Mon. Oct. 13) that was positively and deliberately ordained by God. Yes, ya’ll heard me correctly “The Chick,” you know that it is the only place people seem to go when all their kids are out of school. We thought we were going to avoid the madness b/c it was almost 1:30 when we got there, but alas, it was still slammed, but that is not where I am going with this story.
I’m not going to go into all the details b/c #1 I am still trying to process it all myself and #2 I really don’t think I could do it justice right now. What I will say is that I met a mother there who has a five year child that is exactly like Sophie Kate. Isn’t that something, that we would meet up at the Chick on a Monday afternoon on a random day in October? Also, she is a follower of Jesus Christ. God ordained indeed!! We probably talked nonstop for almost two hours, Misty, Stacy ya’ll were there, am I lying? My friends I am so sorry, I didn’t say two words to ya’ll.
This new friend has been going through all of this longer than we have since her child is five and she had lots of good advice and encouragement to give and also an “I know exactly how you feel and what you are going through” kind of understanding. It was amazing. God was all over that and once again provided what I needed exactly when I needed it. Wow!
At this point what I have taken from this encounter is what I want to share with ya’ll. I’m sure there will be more to come, but for now from this encounter I feel like I have heard a word from God. I have not heard a real live audible word, but I know I do have a real live relationship with a real live and actively working God!
God has shown me through this sweet mother what I have to be thankful for. May God bless that family, their child has quite a bit more going on than Sophie Kate like constant sickness, bouts with pneumonia pretty much they are so consumed with respiratory illnesses that they can’t even concentrate on therapy for the constant hospital stays. Please pray for this child during the upcoming “sick season.”
So now to the point of all my rambling, the things I am thankful for concerning Sophie. I am thankful that Sophie sleeps through the night so that we can all sleep through the night. I am thankful that Sophie Kate doesn’t not have to be suctioned out 24 hours a day. I am thankful that Sophie Kate has not had any seizures. I am thankful that she only has to take one medication one time a day. I am thankful that Sophie is able to swallow some and that she is able to eat a little bit of rice cereal and fruit every day. I am thankful that she has rolled over 6 times. I am thankful that Sophie Kate can move her arms and legs. I am thankful that she can hear and that she can see some things. I am thankful that she can cry and I am so blessed and thankful that she can give us those precious smiles.
So there you have it a positive post b/c I know it has been a while, thanks for hanging in there with me. I can also honestly say that I truly feel thankful in my heart for all of those things, they are not just words to me. I feel a lifting in my spirit just to say them out loud and to see them written down for myself. Lastly, I am thankful for Sophie’s life. I have come to the realization, thanks to some of my friends and from the Holy Spirit doing a work in me, that if I did not have Sophie in my life, if she had not lived, then I would have given anything to have her here and to be able to take care of her in anyway that I could.
I am by no means where I would like to be in dealing with all this, it is such a painful process, but I do feel like I am aware (thanks Roger) of how I am feeling. Thanks be to the Almighty One that I am aware when he is actively at work and moving in my life.
“Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
Who would have imagined all of this coming out of lunch at the Chick, God really does work in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?