I look at my calendar and laugh. Last week was an amazing drama as the Lord has changed our plans more times than I can count, and yet keeping one step ahead of us the whole way.
On Monday morning, we were returning from a visit with friends two hours from home. On the way, a phone call directed us to go straight to the hospital where my father-in-law had been taken.
On Tuesday, elderly relatives we’d been planning to visit on Wednesday called to say they weren’t up to it. So that was crossed off our calendar. But we were needed to help with Dad for those two days.
On Wednesday, friends from over an hour away whom we’d invited for Thursday supper called to say they had been called to our town that day to attend to a dying relative, and could we get together Wednesday evening instead of Thursday? Sure! And we had a great time together.
On Thursday, we were to meet friends for lunch before taking Dad from the hospital to a nursing home for recuperation. But early that morning our friends cancelled due to a busy schedule, leaving us with a clean slate for the day. And what a wild day it was! For fun, trace our adventure that day (a comedy compounded by the complexity of loading and unloading wheel chairs and a walker into and out of the car at each stage).
–Dad’s discharge from the hospital gets changed from afternoon to morning. The next step will be a nursing home for a few days of therapy. We stop at their apartment to pick up my mother-in-law (in a wheel chair) and head for the hospital.
–Nursing Home #1 (nearer home) has no vacancies, so we take him to Nursing Home #2. Put his things in the drawers, answer questions and fill out papers for 45 minutes. After they serve us lunch, we return to his new room.
–Cellphone rings. We are informed that there is now an opening at Nursing Home #1! So we try to gather all the pieces and head for the door.
–On our way out the door, cellphone rings again and informs us that Nursing Home #1 can’t take us for another hour or so due to an activity in progress.
–We load up anyway and head for town and get an ice cream cone (in the car)
–Finally we get to the nursing home and get settled without further ado! Everyone is tired and yet tickled at the way that day unfolded.
God, what do you have planned for me today? Another lesson in flexibility? I hope I’m learning!