Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cheering Section

I had no idea when I wrote about getting a Passport that I would be cheered on with such a joyful cheering section. Thank you for your encouraging comments. In the time since I wrote about my travel dreams, I imagined being in a cathedral in England on a Sunday morning with the sound of a church choir singing one of those old English hymns I love. I dreamed about visiting Spain to see Fernando, our exchange student we have come to love as a son. I'd also like to travel to Israel to stand on the soil where our Savior once stood to proclaim freedom for the captives.

One thing is for certain. I am grateful for the kind of imagination that transports me to those better places. I feel like I took those journeys this week. Imagination is a powerful gift when used rightly. The news reported this week that a woman in an iron lung had passed away. She was put into that iron lung at the age of ten years old and died at the age of seventy-one. Imagining that, I closed my eyes and thanked God for the imagination He gave to her. With it she was probably able to transport her mind beyond her imprisonment and enjoy life. I hope she had a cheering section like mine who helped her dream of the possibilities. I hope she knew Jesus and now runs through the heavens enjoying her rewards.

This was a tough and exhausting week. We were at the hospital every day and Kathryn was discouraged for a time. Today we will take pictures of Qavah's skin and document her reaction to her last blood transfusion to send to her doctor in North Carolina. She has lost a little over a pound this week and has no appetite. But Paul and I knelt by the girls' beds last night to pray over them and in our imaginations they were whole and strong. We prayed believing that God has a plan for them and this suffering is temporary to increase our faith and theirs. Imagining the best as we prayed settled my anxieties and we left their rooms feeling satisfied that we have done all that God has required. And in it all, my imagination shows me that His eyes are twinkling, and He is pleased.

Enjoy worshipping Him this Sabbath Day. Imagine Him smiling at you for all the times you've made a decision to mentally rise above your circumstances and have chosen to stand strong on what you know to be true. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2