Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"Man makes his plans"

"But the Lord determines his steps." There is a river Jordan in my life. I am being asked by the Lord to step into the waters and trust Him and I am wondering where this journey will lead. Having visited the doctor three times with gallbladder attack symptoms, I had an ultrasound yesterday. I did not have gallstones, but rather a lesion or growth on my liver, restricting blood flow. I will be seeing a specialist on Thursday and expect to have more testing. I have periods each day of extreme nausea, vomiting, and pain. But today I used four hours of the better moments to plan our trip to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Through a remarkable set of circumstances, I found out today that our trip to Ohio will be paid for including the hotel. The state of Virginia has a special arrangement with Extended Stay America just five miles from Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Qavah qualifies to stay there with her mommy and daddy. Currently there are four other families from Virginia staying there. I hope we will have a chance to meet some of them. And little Maddie will be there with her mommy having the same procedures along with Qavah. The hospitality staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital will be providing us with complimentary tickets to the zoo, science museum, and other attractions. They encouraged us to take Qavah out for some fun each day because she has a lot of serious grown-up stuff happening during our four days there. Her biopsies will take place on Thursday, the last day of our trip.

While I have made my plans, the Lord will decide whether I take those steps with Paul and Qavah. I pray that He will give me the good health to go, but I trust His reasons if He does not. I have learned bravery from my two dear daughters. They have blessed my life with their joy and courage and I hope to do the same for them.

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21