October 03, 2011


Waiting. I don't like to wait. I don't know many people who do. Waiting is hard to do. We want it now. Everything around us tells us we can have it now, overnight, without any waiting. But life with God doesn't work that way. We are on a journey, and God uses waiting to teach us. It is through waiting that we learn patience. It is through waiting that we learn total dependence on God. Total dependence on God is what He wants from us.

Andrew Murray, in his book "Waiting on God," wrote:

"All the exercises of the spiritual life, our reading and praying, our willing and doing, have their very great value. But they can go no farther than this, that they point the way and prepare us in humility to look to and depend alone upon God Himself, and in patience to wait His good time and mercy."

Waiting is a necessary part of growth. We must learn to wait upon the Lord.

So we wait for Garren to heal. We do everything we know to do, but there comes a point when we have to put it in God's hands, and trust Him, and wait on Him.

Garren does continue to progress. He makes small but forward progress. We are very thankful for that. We found out recently that the insurance company has decided that Garren no longer needs overnight nursing care. We are not so sure about that. Without the ability to swallow, someone has to watch and make sure he doesn't choke on his own saliva while he is sleeping. We are waiting to hear if Medicare will cover nursing care. If not, come mid-October we will be having to figure out how to stay up with Garren.

My fervent prayer has been that Garren would start swallowing. This would just change everything. I have met so many of you who tell me you are still praying daily for Garren. We thank you so much for that. As you continue to pray, pray that Garren will swallow.


seashellparker said...

yes, this is so true.
argh! insurance companies make me mad :(

Anonymous said...

Lord God Most High,

We continue to plead for Garren to be able to swallow. The family is desperate to see this happen so they don't have to figure out who will be able to stay awake all night to make sure Garren doesn't choke during the night. His times are in Your hand. Please have mercy and glorify Yourself in this situation. In Christ alone, Amen. The Lochridge Family

Anonymous said...

Hi dear family...we will pray that Garren will swallow...nothing is to hard for our God, when He is ready, we need to make sure we are ready as well....love & prayers, Sandy & Russ