Dad, Mom, Dottie

God Moments in the Hospital

GOD MOMENTS. Have you experienced them? I bet you have. Perhaps you thought they were coincidences. Or maybe you were just lucky. When I was younger, I thought the same thing. But now that I have a relationship with God, I’ve come to recognize God’s hand at work in my life. Guiding me. Protecting me. Loving me. Once you begin to take notice of the little things that “just happen” to fall into place in your life, and think back through the events leading up to the moment, you will soon discover that God is at work loving you.

As promised a couple of weeks ago, I am going to share some God moments that happened during my dads ‘s stay in the hospital. Although I  know God is constantly orchestrating the events as they unfold, I am always amazed at His results.

The first God moment was meeting Dottie Flack. Dottie is the Lions Club Liaison and Patient Advocate at Indiana University Department of Radiation Oncology in Indianapolis. (She is the one pictured between my parents in the photo at the top of this post.) One of her many responsibilities is to arrange housing for Lions Club members who have appointments at the IU Medical Center or are scheduled for surgery at University Hospital. Because the Clubs throughout Indiana have donated thousands of dollars to buy special equipment used in cancer research at the hospital, members of Lions Clubs stay free in an apartment near the hospital.

Lions Club ImageDad has been an active member of the Lions Club, a service organization, for as long as I can remember. Once a month, at their dinner meetings, a speaker is invited. Dottie spoke on a couple of occasions updating their club with information about the equipment purchased for the IU Simon Cancer Center.

My dad first spoke with Dottie two years ago when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Upon finding out he would need to see a doctor in Indianapolis, my dad contacted Dottie. She arranged a room for my mom, dad, and me to stay in the night before an early morning appointment. On two other occasions, Dottie arranged rooms for us.

Prior to Dad’s recent surgery, Dottie reserved an apartment for my mom and me for an entire week’s stay.   Mom waiting for the shuttleA shuttle provided us transportation to and from the hospital. All was free of charge. It was such a blessing not to worry about paying for accommodations during dad’s surgery and week of recovery.

After arriving at the hospital the day before Dad’s surgery, we met Dottie in person. She gave us a tour. I watched as she took my Dad by the hand and strolled down the hallways explaining things to him and pointing out specific areas that would become familiar over the next few days. Her kindness spoke volumes of her character. As Dad was called to register for his CT Scan, I spoke with Dottie. Tears began to trickle down my cheeks. With a soft squeeze, she told me everything would be all right. I assured her I believed her because I knew God had things in control. I shared with Dottie that my tears were not tears of fear or uncertainty, but tears of thankfulness and joy in being blessed with her kindness and services.

When I look back and put the pieces into place, it all becomes clear. God had plan. God had a plan way before my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Had my dad not been a member of the Lions Club…Had he not heard Dottie speak at his meetings…Had he not had cancer…Had he not been referred to a doctor in Indianapolis in the very same hospital where Dottie worked – my mom, dad and me would not have had our financial burden lifted for housing while my dad underwent major surgery.

puzzle-654956_1920Our God is a big God. He is in control. His eyes are ever wondering – looking to put the next piece of our life’s puzzle into place. When He does, will we recognize it? Will we recognize the life lessons He uniquely creates for us?

Let me encourage you. Open your eyes and look for the God moments in your life. If you search hard enough, you will begin to see them daily.

Next week, I will share another amazing God moment in the hospital. Tune in. You won’t want to miss it.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)

Prayer:  Dear Lord, Thank You for watching over us. Help us to see Your hand upon us daily. Open our eyes to Your guidance in every moment of our life. May we become aware of the unique life lessons You create for us. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Has God shown up in an amazing way in your life? Share with us what He has done for you. Feel free to leave a comment.
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