IT WAS SUNDAY. I had planned to head home at the end of the day. That is, until Dad was given medication for nausea that caused him to hallucinate. Dad began hallucinating the day before right after he was given the same medication, and I didn’t put two and two together. But the second time it happened, I knew it was the medication. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving him in such a state and wanted to make sure he was not given this medication again.
When I asked if I could spend the night in the room with Dad, the nurse told me I could as long as Dad did not get a roommate in the middle of the night. If he did, then I would have to move to the family waiting room. I decided to take my chance. We had talked about putting Dad in a private room. That way, mom would be able to stay with him at night after I left and not have to worry about being kicked out if Dad got a roommate. A private room had become vacant, however, it was close to the nurses station. Dad was afraid it would be too noisy, so he decided not to move.
In the middle of the night, I noticed I was extremely hot. I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned. I figured it was just me and the chair I was sleeping in. When I glanced over to check on Dad, however, I noticed his covers were off, too. He seemed restless and warm like me. When the nurses and doctor came in the next morning, they said the room felt like a sauna. It was extremely hot and uncomfortable.
The maintenance man was called in to check out the heating and cooling system. It was determined the cooling system was not working in one half of the room. The vents were blowing hot air. We placed towels over them in hope that the vents blowing the cool air would take over and begin to cool the room. The maintenance man said he would not be able to work on the unit while Dad was still in the room. He would have to change rooms.
Hmm… The head nurse told us we had two options. Dad could move to another room with double beds and risk getting a roommate, which would cause Mom not to be able to spend the night with Dad after I left. Or… Dad could move to a private room. Clever Dad came up with a third option. If he stayed where he was, he probably wouldn’t get a roommate because the heating and cooling system was broken. Silly Dad. Leave it to him to figure that out.
We discussed which option would be best for Mom. Since I had to go back home, it was decided that we would move Dad into a private room. Within an hour, a private room opened up at the very end of a hallway. One that was far away from the nurses station and in a very quiet part on the floor. We began making preparations to change rooms. No sooner did we make the decision to move to the private room when the cooling system began to work in Dad’s room.
When I noticed the room cooling down again, I smiled. God had a plan all along. He knew Mom was going to need a place to stay, because Dad would not be going home as soon as we had anticipated. God also knew that in order for Dad to agree to change rooms, something major was going to have to happen.
God’s timing is always perfect. His love for us never ceases to amaze me. Dad ended up being in the hospital an additional week. Mom was able to stay in the room next to him and be there the entire time. I felt better about leaving to go home after I got them safely moved into their new room. Not only did God provide a perfect place for my parents, but gave me much needed reassurance in leaving them. I knew they were good hands. God’s hands.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank You for knowing what we need before we do. Being able to trust Your guidance makes life a little easier to maneuver. Let us rest peacefully knowing You hold us in the palm of Your hand and will guide our paths. We love You so much. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.
Has there been a God moment in your life? Perhaps a coincidence? Are you sure it was a coincidence? Could it have been God’s plan? I would love to hear about it. Please share in the comment section below. Perhaps your God moment will inspire others.
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