Tuesday morning. Happy Birthday to Janie! She’s, well, she wouldn’t want me to say her age, but she’s two years older than me. Ha! Growing up, the subject always came up about her being born on 1) officially the first day of summer, and 2) the longest day of the year (daylight hours, that is) — and to me, it seemed that she was, indeed, born on a very special day. Well, of course, it is — it’s my sister’s birthday!
It’s down to the wire now — this is almost our last day in NY. Tomorrow (which is really the last day) will be spent “helping” the packers get the contents of our apartment boxed up and moved out. There will no doubt be some cleaning associated with tomorrow’s task, but we’re cleaning today, as well. Also, I’ll be spending today guessing what will be necessary for the next couple of weeks, and I’ll pack all of that into a suitcase or two. It’s surprising how much has accumulated over the past 8 months. But, what a blessing this apartment has been for us — we’ve rallied together and prayed together and laughed together and silently gone through our own ways of dealing with the cancer among us. Praise God — Rob has gotten himself back to Atlanta and has been busy getting back to independent living. The details of his getting back to driving are rather involved, but he’s working on that. Plus, he’s in the midst of meeting with several prosthetists in order to determine the best scenario going forward.
My heart is somewhat torn — happy because leaving NY means that Rob’s cancer treatment has come to an end — that was the reason we came here in the first place, of course // not happy because leaving NY means leaving a place where we’ve become very comfortable and grown to feel at home, where we’ve gone through a lot, arriving on the other side with deeper faith, heartfelt gratitude, and humble acknowledgement that it was God’s grace that carried us through each day.
I am completely amazed, and will spend the rest of my life in awe of God’s power and love. It’s been beyond our wildest dreams how He has worked out so many details for us. Even last week — as Jim was lining up the moving company, he was told the only day they could accommodate the move this week was on Wednesday. So, then the move hinged upon our ability to reserve the apartment building elevator, the utility one that is reserved for people moving in and out. When I started calling the superintendent to reserve the elevator for Wednesday, I was told to call back early the next morning, so I set the alarm and started calling at 8 am on the dot, still couldn’t reach her, so I continued to call back several times. Upon finally reaching her, here is how my request was granted: she said she had gotten a very early phone call, at 8 am. She said she never answers her phone so early, usually waiting until 8:30, but for some reason she did, and the person was canceling their elevator reservation for the very day we needed it — my phone call came immediately after they hung up! Their change of plans worked like a jig-saw-puzzle-piece, fitting exactly into our needs. How can I view this as anything other than God’s complete provision for us, once again?
As we leave NY, we leave a medical world of health care providers whom we’ve come to trust, we leave a church home where we’ve felt embraced and uplifted in prayer, we leave a comfortable living environment where we’ve enjoyed a convenient location within a huge metropolitan city, and I’m also leaving a very good friend. But, if I’ve learned anything from the many moves we’ve made through the years, it’s that you don’t have to lose friends when you move away — you just have to plan your rendezvous more carefully than when you could just run into them in the neighborhood!
Praise be to God for his many blessings.
Deuteronomy 10:21 He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.