I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this…
Sometimes your plans get derailed. Sometimes that is a very good thing.
We were looking at a hectic morning at home. Three adults coordinating trips and duties for themselves and two children. That part worked out ok.
The livestock had to be tended. That went well enough.
I had to stop by the post office and parts store. No problems. Even got a bigger refund for that alternator core than I expected.
Coffee and conversation with friends. Hey, first things first. Right?
By now it was 8:15. There were several things that needed to be done and plans were coming together. I needed to make a quick run to the hospital. I usually call ahead to get a room number. One of my quirks. The information desk at the hospital took a little longer than usual. When the cordial lady came back on the telephone she said “the patient has just been moved to ICU.” That changes things.
My hospitalized friend, who is also very much your friend, suffered a debilitating stroke several years ago. The most evident enduring impact is that she can’t talk. She thinks well. She is amazingly active. She can see, and hear, and smell. But she can’t talk.
Except for this one thing.
I went back to the ICU to visit her along with her husband of 50 years and her brother whom they had helped raise, literally. I did the best I could to inquire and encourage. She noticed, and smiled broadly, at my tie dye “be kind” shirt. I took her hand and we prayed. And then this one thing.
She looked me in the eye and said, “I love you.”
I can’t tell you, I can’t write to you, the depth of joyful emotion that washed over me. I told her of my love for her and what those words meant to me and turned to leave. She made an inarticulate sound and I turned back to see her arms stretched out for a hug. And a kiss. And another “I love you.”
It didn’t take much to derail my plans. Sometimes that’s a good thing. For at that time everything that I could have hoped to accomplish came into focus. That one thing.
And the only plan that matters became crystal clear.