The Results are in!
Voting ended last night and the poll is closed. It was quite close for awhile. I starting to wonder if I would have to start a tiebreaker poll. The two options that almost tied were “A lengthy excerpt from A Mighty Fortress” and “An opinion/reflection piece having something to do with September 11, 2001”. Now, I suppose you probably would like to find out the results. In third place at 12.5% was A Book Review. Second place went to An opinion/reflection piece having something to do with September 11, 2001 with 37.5%. And the winner was…
A lengthy excerpt from A Mighty Fortress.
I’m glad I have a couple of weeks to decide which part of the book to take the excerpt from not to mention deciding how long my definition of “lengthy” is.
Now that the results have been announced, I would like to share a true story of God’s great providence.
Two weeks ago today, Lydia, Naomi, and Seth were outside doing the evening chores of feeding and putting away the animals. As usual, Seth was playing with our cat Rikki and just wandering the yard. Suddenly, he starts screaming. Naomi was the first to get to him and immediately saw what the problem was. Wasps. She swatted as many away as she could then picked him and started running away from there.
She yelled for Lydia who ran for the plantain, an herb that draws out poisons. Seth got at least 10 stings that were swelled up pretty good. He started breaking out into hives and Mom got concerned enough that they decided to go to the hospital.
This is where God’s providence comes in. On Monday of that week, Lydia passed the driver’s test and became a licensed driver. Lydia, Naomi, and Mom all decided to go to the Emergency Room while Dad and I stayed at home. Dad and I called out the prayer warriors while Lydia drove the rest of the family to the hospital which is 45 minutes away.
Seth got two epipens in the next few hours, but continued to react to the stings and was admitted to the hospital to stay overnight. Lydia and Naomi finally came home around 1:30 AM. The next morning, Seth was doing much better and was allowed to go home. So, Lydia drove back to the hospital again. Again, God’s providence as Dad and I were both supposed to work that day.
Seth has now fully recovered and seems none the worse for wear. We are extremely thankful that he is not allergic to bee stings. The allergy doctor said that if he had been, he would be dead. God is good!
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
“For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.” ~ Psalm 27:1, 5-6