Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Plans Derailed...And An Attitude Check

Is it just me, or do you ever have those times where you spend time making plans and getting all ready to have fun and those plans for fun get derailed because they are interrupted by real life?

Well,this past week was one of those times for me. My sister was coming from Colorado for a visit. She was bringing with her three of her children and two of her grandbabies. We had been busy for weeks making plans, and we were all set to have us some fun! Little did we know, our plans would have to be set aside since my niece’s baby ended up in the hospital, having surgery while she was here. (It ended well, but my niece had to delay their flight home and go back home this morning, two days after the rest of the group.)

Apparently when her doctor checked her last week before coming, her ear infection wasn’t showing yet or something. So we were quite shocked when the doctors at urgent care sent her across town to the children’s hospital because the infection had gotten into her bone and she was going to need surgery. Who even knew that an ear infection could get into the bone? It's so rare that even the doctors treating her had never seen it.

Anyway.....I have to admit, my first reaction to the news that she had to be admitted into the hospital was disappointment. Disappointment that she was so sick, but also that our plans for fun had been derailed. That sounds so selfish that I'm cringing even as I put it in writing. But don’t you worry, the Lord was quick to give me an attitude check and remind me that none of this was a surprise to Him. Jeremiah 29:11 came to my mind:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.”

Is that as reassuring to you as it is to me? God knows the plans he has for each one of us. So, I redirected my thoughts to being thankful. Thankful that NOTHING is a surprise to God. Thankful that God’s plan for Tylee was that she was here in a city with a children’s hospital to have the best team of doctors to care for her. Thankful that I could be with my sister and niece during this crisis. And so incredibly thankful that the Lord is quick to remind me that He is in control.


Brianna Brodak said...

Auntie Susie, my mom and I were talking about this last night, and I know that God meant for Tylee to be in Oregon for this whole ordeal. I know if they were in Grand Junction, if they found the infection in time, they would have sent her to Childrens hospital in Denver, and who knows if they would have been able to do what the Dr's in Oregon were able to do. I know that God had a plan for my niece. I'm just so glad that Mindy and Tylee had so many amazing family members there to take care of them! I love you!

Kristi said...

Susan, love this post! You are amazing.. such a blessing and inspiration to me!
Love you.

Tagliareni Family said...

Isn't it so interesting how our perspective gets "adjusted" and what appears to be a bad thing is actually a good thing... I love it when that happens - not at the time of course but looking back on it. lol