So, I just have to tell you all how AWESOME my God is!
Yesterday, we confirmed with our sitter the time for Karl’s surgery, and she was not going to be available…he had to be there by 9:15 a.m., and she would not be able to get to the house until 3:00 p.m. I didn’t really feel that stressed out about taking the kids with me, though I really didn’t want to. Obviously, it would be easier and we’d all be happier if they were at home playing! Anyway, after Karl got home, we ate dinner, and the kids were getting ready for bed, I went to lie down on my bed and think about what I needed to do to prepare for today. As I was lying there I was thinking about how much I needed to ‘pack’ and how I really did not want to spend the evening doing that….and basically feeling sorry for myself…I got a phone call. (We’ve been trying to take care of the details of renting out our Florida home, so I just assumed it would be another call about that, since we’d been getting them all evening.) However, when I looked at the caller I.D., I could see that it was a new friend of mine that I’ve met since moving to New York. This lady uses some of the same curriculum as me and I actually ‘met’ her first online through the message board associated with that curriculum. Then, we met through the home school group that I’m involved with here; she’s a member, too. How does God work out those details? But, that’s not the best part yet!
When I answered the phone we chatted a moment about how we’d been doing, etc. Then, she got to why she called. She told me that something prompted her to click on my Blog, just then, and when she read about Karl’s surgery, she wanted to call and offer to keep the kids for us. This is a person who already has four children of her own, ages 7 and under! A weight lifted off my shoulders right then, and I was so grateful for the offer. I didn’t even realize I was weighed down by the prospect of today, and keeping everyone busy, until after her offer to help. Needless to say, I took her up on the offer, and I was able to drop them off at her home at 8:00 a.m. this morning. Now, I can focus on Karl, what the doctors are telling me, and the calls I’m getting without the added distraction of refereeing children or trying to make them happy/keep them occupied in a waiting room FILLED with people.
I am so thankful to my God, and this is just another confirmation for me that He can fill our every need, even when we don’t realize we have one. There was NO ONE I felt I could call….we’ve met a few people, but don’t know them very well yet. Plus, the kids and I have been gone for several weeks, and have had no contact with anyone here; I didn’t want to call and say “Hey, I haven’t seen or talked to you for weeks, but would you like to keep my three children all day?” We have no family nearby either. God saw our need and He showed His hand…he loves us so much that He took care of those details for us by leading someone else to see our need and offer to provide for it. I am constantly reminded by the little things that God is REAL, and loves me enough to get involved in the everyday occurrences in my life.
Thank you, Lord, for intervening and thanks to my friend for following His leading.