Sometimes the things the Lord brings along to make my days, my moments, more enjoyable are not what I would expect. Almost never how I would have planned my day.
A hospital trip at 5:30 in the morning, breakfast in the hospital cafeteria, trying to find the seat in the waiting room where I would be least abused by the sound and sight of the morning news shows. Ugh.
But, what I found tickling my heart and tweaking my affection for all the quirky ways God intersects my life were the interactions the hospital staff had with my mom.
My mom, you see, is 90 years old. She’s a whirling top, spinning through life, and the folks around her can barely keep up. She gardens, she reads theology, she keeps up with politics, she takes supplements and uses essential oils, she collects fans, and she lectures her children and grandchildren …. endlessly … in love.
She is generally very healthy and this visit was to remove a spot of cancerous skin cells on her leg -- which had miraculously disappeared since the last time the doctor had seen her.
From the moment we arrived, the voices exclaimed, “Wait, is this a typo? Are you really 90? What is your secret? You are so darling! I want to know what you do to stay so healthy and have such an amazing attitude? I want to be just like you when I'm 90!” She gathers fans for her fan club everywhere she goes, and this set I called the #90swannabes.
I found myself smiling and and nodding and sitting back and ENJOYING the accolades my mom was getting. It was as if God’s praise and delight in her faithfulness was being proclaimed all over the OR!
Five Minute Friday (FMF) is a weekly event hosted at the website of Kate Motaung wherein participants are given a single word prompt every Thursday evening, which remains active for one week. How to play: write for 5 minutes on the thoughts, memories, impressions, reflections, aspirations, hopes, beliefs, convictions, or whatever, that that prompt word brings to mind. Set a timer, write without worry about spelling or grammar or typos, and stop when the timer goes off (no cheating). I remember when my favorite blogger Mr. Hunter's Wife first started posting, and it was often her Five Minute Friday posts that I looked forward to most. They were refreshing, uncluttered, frank, and sweet. I ran across a Twitter link to the FMF post Trillia Newbell guest-wrote, and I decided that now might be a good time to tease out my jumbled thoughts with a project like this. So here is my first Five Minute Friday post. I hope you ENJOY it (see what I did there?) and I hope some of you might be inclined to join me.The rules are here. It's free, it's non-committal, and it's easy to participate, so come to the #FMFparty with me!
Laura England Miller