Day 19 – post #2

A few nights ago (actually I couldn’t tell you how many nights ago… all the days just run into each other) I shared one of my favorite illustrations regarding our perspective of God. It’s that reminder that regardless of how much of the moon we can see, even if the moon is completely covered by clouds; we know the moon is always round. In the same way, God is always God no matter what. And of course that truth has been put to the test for our family these past 19 days. Without a doubt there have been moments and even days when God was pretty covered up from our perspective. But faith tells us, that God is still God. I’m so thankful because many of you have been praying that truth into us, reminding us of God’s goodness when it was difficult for us to see. That’s community.

Well tonight as I drove back to my daughter’s house I was reminded of a really fun truth I share with my kids all the time. It begins with a song we would sing with them – here are the words to the chorus:

I see the moon and the moon sees me,
The moon sees someone I want to see.
God bless the moon and God bless me,
And God bless somebody I want to see.

What we tell them I get to say to all of you… when you look up into the sky and see the moon, you are looking at the same moon we are. I love that visual as I consider how far and wide this support for Justus has been. Tonight we received encouragement from South Africa and we are looking at the same moon! We are a community brought together by a brave little boy, connected because of God, and united in prayer. Thanks for being a part of #TeamJustus.

The quick update tonight is simple – we are praying for an incredibly boring night. There are no significant changes or new things being done tonight. So we are praying Justus stays strong, his heart rate, blood pressure, and EEG all remain stable. If he remains stable until the morning there is a chance they might lower his pentobarbital from 4.0 to 3.5. That would feel like progress. And then please pray for Jason and Alyse. The decision making process (I’ve been in on all the conversations) is so complex. Some of the smartest people in the world aren’t sure what they should do and yet are asking an emotional mom and dad to decide. For Jason and Alyse they carry the burden and fear of making a wrong decision for their sweet son. Pray for wisdom and peace.

And finally, pray especially for their hospital room. Virtually every single night something happens in the wee hours of the morning that throws Justus into a swirl. If the Lord wakes you up in the middle of the night would you please pray a prayer of protection over Justus’ room? I’ve specifically asked that God would post an angel to guard over his room tonight.

I pray the Lord watches over you tonight as well. Always remember – the moon is round! And when you see the moon up in the night sky, may it remind you that there is a grateful family looking at the moon rising over Mt. Rainier, that loves and appreciates you! God is able! God is Good. #Team Justus.