Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Trials with Grace

Yesterday Dick, my dear husband, had a stress echocardiogram to check if his heart worked properly after stressing it with exercise. His appointment was at 10:00 am and the doctor called him in about 10:15 am. I didn't see him again until 1:30 pm. Now I know why they call it a STRESS echocardiogram----I was really stressing out in the waiting room for over 3 hours wondering and imagining all kinds of horrors. However, there was no need to be anxious. The wait was not because of my husband but another patient, and when the doctor was finally able to follow through with Dick's tests, the results were good.
The doctor's final orders were "diet and exercise." We can do that----we must do that!

While waiting for Dick in the waiting room, I met a most remarkable woman. She was of Hawaiian descent, she had 25 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, but her face did not reveal her age at all. She lived in Hana which is at least a two-hour drive around very very curvy narrow roads. She has had diabetes for over 30 years which has affected her kidneys and her heart in her latter stages of the disease. She comes into Kahului three times a week for dialysis over that long narrow road. Yesterday she was at the heart doctor for him to check her pacemaker that she just had put in a few months ago. Her countenance and her attitude were so refreshing, as she was thanking God for the privilege of coming for dialysis which cleans out her kidneys and allows her to live because of the procedure. And the pacemaker had given her so much more energy which allowed her to enjoy life so much more as compared to the days prior to the pacemaker. She was a true example to me of living her trials with grace.

Each day is a gift of God. Each day we should remember the Lord's benefits to us rather than complain about the problems. Count your many blessings--name them one by one. He wants us to live rejoicing in the privilege of today! I am the first one to remind myself of this wonderful privilege!

Enjoy today!


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