If I were to name tonight’s post it would be “The Moon is Round!” I know that seems redundant after seeing it used in multiple posts and literally hundreds of comments. But, each time we use “The Moon is Round”, we are emphasizing a particular truth about God; He is still God even in the midst of the storm. The phrase so beautifully illustrates God’s unchanging character, regardless of our circumstance. The moon of course represents God. Like God, whether the moon is full, or half or covered by clouds, the truth is, it’s always round. So throughout this journey with Justus, during some of the darkest nights, that phrase reminded us, God is still sovereign. If I’m not careful in the middle of the storm I’ll think things like, “If God does this, then it will show that He is God.” That’s wrong thinking. God being God isn’t dependent on Him accomplishing a particular task for me, or for you. Just because we can’t see him or understand him, doesn’t change the truth… God is God and the moon is round!
But tonight, what struck me as I looked into the sky is this… the moon is ROUND! WOW! It’s awesome! It’s big, in fact tomorrow night is supposed to be some special super blood moon eclipse or something like that. I don’t understand all of that, what I know is, when I looked up in the sky tonight, it was big and beautiful. And it reminded me to recognize and appreciate those days when God is evident and beautiful and present. One of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 103 reminds us:
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
#TeamJustus, that’s what we’re experiencing right now with Justus! Of course we wish things were different. But we spent a lot of days praying hard for this day to come; when our little ninja would be stable and improving and getting stronger. I want to celebrate that. That’s what I thought of when I watched tonight’s video (btw, it’s the third time he’s watching the video of his sister I shared a couple of nights ago) and when I saw the moon. God is good and sometimes, it even feels that way. So, tonight I wanted to acknowledge that the moon is indeed round!
Tonight we’re thankful because of the video you see. We are thankful because he continues to get stronger. He’s trying to use his voice. It’s only moans and groans, but it seems to be his first attempts at communicating. The therapists are so complimentary about how hard he works and how little he complains. Today he began weaning off his final pain medication. He’s completely off the one’s with difficult withdrawal issues, so we aren’t expecting any issues with this final drug. His surgery to replace the cranial flap is scheduled for October 27th. Please pray for his continued progress, for his feeds as they are continuing to fiddle with that. And selfishly, would you please pray for an earlier surgery date? It appears from talking to everyone, he’s ready for the surgery, but it’s a scheduling issue. So please pray that an earlier date opens up. To have his brain fully protected will bring a lot of peace to mom and dad. Plus, we have reason to believe it will make a difference in his attitude and his progress.
Please hear me, I’m not forgetting that for some, you are still in a raging storm. We certainly consider ourselves still in a storm, after all it’s Day 58! And if you are in a storm of storms right now, we want to keep praying for you. We want to remember with you, that in your storm, the moon is round; that God is able and God is good. Please know I would never take lightly what you are traveling through right now.
At the same time, I feel like we owe it to God to also remember to say, thank-you Jesus; to remember to bless the Lord. The moon is round when we can’t see it. But it’s also round when we can. God is good in the dark times and he’s good in the light! So take some time as you pray tonight and bless the Lord… tell him thank-you for all the ways He’s made himself evident. As you see the “super blood moon eclipse”, what are you thankful for to our big beautiful and awesome God?