We spent Monday through Thursday of last week in Birmingham. We LOVE taking our trips to Birmingham even if they are to only see our doctors. I enjoy being in the city. There are fun things to do, great places to shop and delicious spots to eat at. And the area of central Alabama is just plain beautiful to me.
Most of our trips are only day trips. We don’t have a lot of time, if any, to enjoy what the city has to offer. But this time, we thought we would take a few days and see what fun we could have. It was time for Lilly and Tobin to be patch tested for their allergies again. This test takes a few days so instead of going back and forth between there and home we chose to stay until the testing was over.
Thankfully we are blessed with some precious and hospitable friends who let us crash at their house for the week.
So we left on Monday at a perfect time!! Not too late and not too early. And here is where the title of this post comes in.
We get about 30 miles from home and have to turn around due to car trouble. I love my mini van (even though I once thought myself too cool to drive one;), but it is slowly but surely becoming less and less reliable for long trips. And that was only the beginning of our trip!! It really just went down hill from there.
What was intended to be a fun relaxing trip away from the stress of our everyday lives turned into really just a tough time. One of those time where you sit back and ask, “why?” “Why is this happening right now??”
What do you do then?? What do you do when your plans are falling apart and you are left with hurt and disappointment?
For me, last week, God brought to mind a birthday celebration from several years ago. Keith whisked me away for a surprise trip to Birmingham just the two of us. He took me to a FABULOUS restaurant, CAFE’ DUPONT. The food was DELICIOUS and the company was great too. But in our dinner conversation, he asked me what I learned over the previous year of my life. And I told him what God had shown me from His word.
The the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, thought the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The LORD GOD is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.
In that quiet moment that night, I had no idea how these verses would come to fruition in my life. In the years following that birthday dinner we would experience hurt, loss, and disappointment. And in the midst of it all, we choose to “praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Even in times of hurt and heartache, there are many blessings that do abound. I can still name them all from this last week and years gone by.
Our world is broken. And in our disappointments, we see our longing to be satisfied in ways that only God can accomplish. Peace isn’t found in circumstances. Rest isn’t found in a fun family get-away. But only in the strong arms of our Savior.
The old hymn Trust and Obey really says it all. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
I sang a version of it recently adding these words, “I will trust you with all of my heart. I will follow even when the way is hard. You love me more than I will ever know. And you will never let me go.”
So, what do you do when things go wrong?
You trust that God is indeed good and that He knows what is best for you. And know that sometimes, the very thing that brings you pain and disappointment can be for your protection and your good.
So….our trip was tough BUT our accommodations were PERFECTLY FABULOUS (a big shout out to the Grimes family) and our appointments were GREAT (another big shout out to Dr. Atkinson and nurse Miranda at the Allergy Clinic at Children’s Hospital)!! We are waiting on some lab work results to tell us what to do next…if anything.
I was nervous about having to start over with a new doctor BUT he is GREAT!! I was totally impressed and thankful!! And we had a perfect time at the Birmingham Zoo (one more shout out to the Slayton family!!)
They both STILL have permanent marker on their backs by the way. It’s REALLY tough to get off!!You can see Tobin’s skin is less reactive than Lilly’s.Zoo pics…..
I carried this girl A LOT!!! Even though we had the double stroller!
Lilly really enjoying her breathing treatment. She was good with the mask for a second or two (she likes to be super girl). But the “smoke” freaked her out!!This is Lilly with Piper Grimes. The calmest dog I’ve ever met!! She LOVED Piper!! And LOVED is an understatement. Right now….it’s Nov. 17th and she’s STILL talking about Piper!! Yep….just mentioned her a few seconds ago. What did she say about Piper?? “Piper is a loyal dog.” (Loyal was a spelling word for Ruthie this week…so of course we had to write a sentence using the word loyal correctly.)
We’ll make more plans in the future and I’m sure some of them will fall apart like these did. But, even still God is good and it’s only in THIS world that things go wrong. He is preparing a PERFECT place for us where there will be no more tears, no more pain and no more allergies!!
I pray you’ll trust Him too!!