I can remember like it was yesterday getting the call from Alyse. Kelli told me that Justus was sick and was being taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Justus was a super healthy kid. We talked briefly and we both felt confident he was probably just dehydrated and they would take care of him and within a day he’d be sent home. Of course Kelli also said, “I need to go!” We both agreed and Kelli jumped into the car and drove to meet Alyse in the emergency room at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. We said a prayer and she was gone. That was 100 days ago! Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine what that phone call would lead to. But here we are 100 days later supporting Justus on the journey of his life!
Our little warrior did get another one-day pass home, so we are thankful for that. As you can see by today’s picture, though Justus is working his tail off, he does get some moments to relax. Of course if you’re a part of this family on a Saturday morning, that probably includes a little Game Day football! was a good football weekend for our family. Most of the teams our family follows, due to affiliation, did well. One of them is playing as I write this! If you follow football, I hope your day went well too (unless you root for a particular team who shall remain nameless J)
I had an interesting conversation with a good friend today. A few days ago I wrote about listening to God when you pray – Day 96-44. His question was, “What if I don’t feel like I ever hear from God, or at least can’t tell?” My guess is for most of us, we’ve felt exactly like that at one time or another. We’ve talked a lot about journeying through storms like the one we’ve experienced with #TeamJustus. But there are plenty of other times when we pray for God’s direction and then wait in hopes he’ll send us a text message. Unfortunately if you’re anything like me, that text message doesn’t come and I’m left trying to discern what He’s saying.
For me I return to Micah 6:8
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
When I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do or I find myself reeling because of what’s happening in my life, I start by acting justly. In other words, I begin by being faithful and doing the right thing as best I can. When we were in the early days of this journey, I tried to stay faithful and do the right thing each day. There were frustrating times when emotions ran high and we couldn’t hear God’s voice. In those moments we tried to be faithful, do the right thing and show love and mercy to everyone. Obviously we didn’t do that perfectly, but I’ve found when I string together enough days of doing the right thing, often times the path forward begins to clear up. God opens doors or closes doors or at the very least gives me a peace about where I am in the journey.
I hope this makes sense. It has served me well. Whether I’m in the middle of a storm… or just enjoying a day of watching football… trying to hear God’s leading is hard. But if you determine to faithfully wake up and do the right thing and keep doing that day after day then eventually God will make clear His direction for you. It has been a guiding principle for my life. It has certainly been a guiding principle these last 100 days.