|Esther's brunch, she was super excited to pour her OWN syrup.|
Since Esther was sleeping all morning I was able to spend some time reading and praying. This morning I read Acts 27. Paul was journeying to his trial on a prisoner ship with other prisoners and soldiers. The ship encountered treacherous weather and the ship along with it's passengers were in danger. They had to throw most everything overboard.
An angel of God told Paul that he would stand before Caesar for his trial and that the ship would be lost, but not one person aboard the ship would be harmed in the journey. Paul knew they would reach their destination.
He told the prisoners and soldiers, 276 people, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. It will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you." (Acts 27:33-34)
Paul thanked God and the men ate and were encouraged. "And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea." (vs 38)
Here were nearly 300 hungry men with a very uncertain future. Some of these men may have known God, but many did not know this God that Paul was speaking of. But they all trusted...enough to not strive and try to keep the little food they had. They ate, were encouraged and tossed it all overboard. The ship did wreck but every passenger made it safely to dry land.
God's yes is yes. These men trusted the one true God and He brought them to dry land in the midst of extreme circumstances. God is good, He will bring us to dry land in the midst of any circumstance. There is hope at the end of all of this. One of my other favorite passages is Habbakuk 3:17-19:
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
Esther slept until 11 am. One of her doctors came in on her day off today just to check on Esther and commented it was so teenagerish of her. She was cheerful and just needed a really good sleep. She had great nurses today. She has been drinking so well she was able to be off her IV fluids most of the day so we were able to take a walk outside. It was GREAT to get outside. We also got to eat dinner with our friends Jodi & Aly. Isn't Aly cute?! She was admitted today for a fever as well and they think she may have an intestinal infection. She already suffered through it a couple weeks ago. Please pray for quick healing and that Aly would not have c diff again.
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places.
There is an infection going around the hospital. Please pray Esther does not get it. For now there are signs on all the oncology patients' doors telling all staff to wear gloves to enter the room, take them off, and then re-glove before doing anything and the playroom on the oncology floor is closed indefinitely. I'm thankful for all of the precaution, but it's sort of intimidating. I find myself wanting to strive, to clean the room so Esther doesn't get anything. Instead, I'm striving to rejoice. It is an uncertain tomorrow. The ship might wreck, there are no figs on the trees, and no food in the field, yet I can still rejoice because God's yes IS always yes. He IS the God of our salvation, He IS our strength and He is the only one who gives sure footing in the high and treacherous places we will walk.