In a movie we recently watched, an actor playing, God said something to the effect of "If you pray for things, God doesn't answer those prayer by 'poof'... giving you those things. He gives the process by which you can get or be given the things you prayed for. Praying for a closer family? God gives you the circumstances by which your family can grow closer together. Patience? God sends us opportunities to by which to develop and test our patience.
Well I believe Erin and I (and our families and all of you) are undergoing a holy Master's Degree program in patience and trust. Today is day 3 that Lilee's heart surgery has been hoped for and then cancelled. Yesterday she went 12 hours without eating in hopes that she may be called down to the O.R. at any time. Today we awoke with the chance that her surgery would be at 1:00 this afternoon. 1:00 changed to 4:00, 4:00 to 5, 6, 7and finally 8:30. At 8:30 we were finally told that Lilee could eat again (after 10 long hours without anything) as her surgery would need to be delayed again. We are still hopeful and prayerful that tomorrow may be her day.
Standing here rocking her tonight I couldn't help but crack half a smile and wonder if we've been delayed so many times in wait for God to do a miracle of His own and heal her! How awesome that would be! Oh that it would be so!!! Although I know He is able, I don't know that that is His plan in this case. Still, a fun thought tonight! :o)
So all you faithful Lilee-watchers and prayer warriors; tomorrow is a new day and we'll awake expectantly for our little one's road to recovery to begin soon. We look forward to writing you with the good news tomorrow. Happy Friday to you all! Talk to you soon.
PS. Caption for the above picture: "Lilee gets a brief 'pass' to walk the hallway for a while with mom and dad this evening! Waiting...waiting...waiting :o)"