Woke up early this morning. Alot on my mind. So I got up, let the dog out, brewed some coffee and sat down with Dad’s bible. Thought I would share a few potentially random thoughts with you.
Many would ask my parents if it was “safe” to live in Suriname, where there were snakes, jaguars and all that comes with life in the Amazon jungle. Dad’s response would always be “The happiest and safest place in all the world is in the will of God. I would rather be in the jungles of Suriname in the will of God than driving on I-75 out of the will of God”
Found this underlined in Dad’s Bible: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12. In the margin is this…
I’ve only just a minute, 60 seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me to use it, give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute, but eternity in it.
God has given me the assurance numerous times that He is walking closely with Dad. Yesterday Les, Maryann and Peggy came to visit Dad. He was sleeping as Les prayed for him, but when Les finished praying, Dad prayed. We could not understand anything he said, but we knew he was praying. His body and his mind are failing, but in his spirit he is still praising God and shining bright for Jesus.
Yesterday we met with Dad’s doctor, a special caring compassionate man, who loves my Dad. His opinion is that Dad is in the “end stage” of Parkinson’s. At this stage there is not much more they can do for him as far as medicines are concerned. Our question to him was how long. His response was that unless he begins to improve, it could be a matter of weeks. Our prayer for the past 2 weeks has been and continues to be that God would bless Dad with restored health, but if that is not in His perfect plan, then we ask in His mercy and grace He would call Dad home quickly. We continue to pray so.
Our family cannot thank you enough for the love you have shown us. Knowing that there is a constant flow of prayers on behalf of Dad and us, is a tremendous source of encouragement and strength. As someone told us… “Please try to relax. Your many friends will do the praying”. Our cup overflows!
Here’s a little “vintage Yohner” for you…