Who Knows…

…what a day may bring?


Unlike the apple tree my pear tree has pushed out a few of it’s buds to full blossoms. So delicate and pretty.

We had one of those dreaded phone calls last night. Lana…”Pop is on his way to the hospital”. Then I ask , “He’s not driving himself, is he? She says, “No, Aunt Anna is driving him. We’re headed out the door to the hospital now and will call you later.” So then I call back and ask, “What are the symptoms?” He had chest pain during the day and used 2 of the nitroglycerin pills the doctor gave him and the pain didn’t go away so they decided to go to emergency. Then I’m thinking why didn’t they call 911. Three people in their 80’s driving to the hospital which is about 7 miles away. Oye!

Then the waiting from 1200 miles away. Talking to God while I’m waiting. Realizing my parents are at that stage in life when you don’t know how much longer they’ll bless this earth with their physical presence.

The doctor finally comes out and lets my sisters know that Pop has Angina (duh…that’s why he came to the ER) and that they think he might have blockage somewhere and they’ll be keeping him overnight for further tests on Tuesday. I wonder if my mom was able to sleep at all last night.

So today I’m tired and dull in the head and still waiting, knowing my Pop’s life is in the hands of our God. Also knowing my life is in God’s hands and I can trust Him.

Isaiah 33:2 (English Standard Version)

O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.

Psalm 5:3 (New International Version)

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.

Psalm 88:13 (English Standard Version)

But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Psalm 143:8 (English Standard Version)

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Who Knows…

  1. praying for you dad. I realized this last year with a few members of my family as well about how much longer, but none of us really ever know either, do we? Thankfully God is in control and knows what’s best! 🙂
    hugs and prayers!

  2. Oh dear Ellen….I hurt with you. You would be in the car and with them if this was a month ago.

    My FIL,86, went by car to the ER last month for stroke symptoms, didn’t call 911. He even drove himself home from the park where he had the stroke.

    Here you have one of those big opportunities to trust our loving Lord as he holds you and mom and dad in his arms.

  3. oh my dear ellen…..
    i am so sorry for this unsettling time. yes i know that you are entrusting your father to the Lord, but it is always difficult when someone we love is going through difficult times and you are so far away.
    I will be praying for you.

  4. The time of prayer as we said goodnight was oh so sweet. Vera, Kathy, Letty Mom and Pop, Tim and I holding hands and each one of us praying for Pop was beautiful. In bed by midnight. I am so tired!

  5. Hi Ellen,
    I am so sorry you are facing this today. It is such a hard time. .there is no doubt about it. .it brings back frightening memories for me. I will be praying for you and your parents today as you all wait to see what the doctors suggest and then decide what the best course of action.

    Praying for you dear Ellen.

  6. Hi Ellen,
    Prayers for you and your family. My father left this earth 3 years ago, but as you know, my mother, bless her heart-86 years old and still with us. But you are exactly right-we never know what plan God has for them. We can only enjoy them and love them every day they are still with us. So many friends whose parents are long gone from this earth, you are so lucky to still have yours and I am lucky to have my mom. Will be thinking of you and your family, with faith always that it is in God’s hands.

  7. We lived 1,000 miles away from my mom and 2,000 away from my father-in-law during their heart issues and illnesses. It is so hard to be so far away. They are both with the Lord now, but we had several instances of close calls and praying them through a situation before then. I pray that will be the case for your dad — that they’ll be able to deal with the blockage and he’ll have many more years with his family.

  8. Thinking about you and will be praying today as the Lord brings your family to mind. Yes, so hard for you not to be there…

  9. Oh Ellen,
    I hear you…..that’s how my whole week has been, meanwhile I’m trying to make something special for my family, and when it pours, it pours..John’s dad is 98 and his step mom 73, but she is the one who is not well, but has given so much care for Papa….Thanks for your verses…Sometimes I think it’s better being far away…as it’s on my mind always…trying to support, cook, whatever…
    I’ll keep you in mind and heart my friend.

  10. My dear sweet Ellen. Please know my thoughts and aloha are with you and your family. Be strong and think positive my dear sweet friend. I send you and your entire family all the sunshine I can in the speedy recovery of your father 🙂

  11. Hi Ellen,

    I’m just now reading this and my heart lurched big time. I’m praying for your sweet dad and mom and for you, of course.

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you and I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  12. I’m praying with you and grimacing along with you about 80 year olds driving to hospital with a potential heart attack riding along.

    If it makes you feel any better…my dad is 86 years old, and will go to the hospital for skin cancer surgery ON HIS MOTORCYCLE! He hates trying to find parking at the hospital he says. I have a feeling that even if I lived next door he would still prefer to use his Honda Trail bike to asking me for a ride.

    I clearly remember my folks being scandalized at their elder’s antics in late life driving skills. I had hoped that would influence them to be more conservative when they aged; now I think they are just trying to our do them!

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