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Perfect Timing

Sitting outside Jasmine’s hospital room early Monday morning I waited for the text from Christine that says, “We are awake. Breakfast?” That is the cue for me to go to the cafeteria and order “The Albertan” for Christine and a pancake for Jasmine.

But it had been several days since Jasmine had eaten anything at all. She wasn’t drinking much either so everything was being administered through her IV. Frankly, She had been through a week of intense suffering and the day before, Sunday, had been the worst.

When I left them Sunday night I was so broken-hearted I thought my chest would explode. Watching that precious girl battling strep and pneumonia without the benefit of any white blood cells was horrific. I lost count of the number of IV bags and needles as the medical staff tried to stop her plummeting blood pressure, reduce the fever, dull the pain and fight the infections.

Monday morning I was emotionally raw.

I opened my Bible as I waited and looked to Psalm 91 where God had met me in other crises. I found nothing. So I turned to the traditional favourite, Psalm 23. Nothing.

So I began to leaf forward, looking for anything previously underlined. My eyes fell on some green lines beneath these words in Psalm 27:

Wait for the Lord: be courageous and let your heart be strong. Wait for the Lord. 

It grabbed my attention. No one likes waiting but it’s bearable when the outcome we await is good news. So I read it again and then noticed the words just above and found the promise I desperately needed in verse 13:

I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.

After all the suffering I had witnessed in the previous days, this was good news. I clung to this promise and, lacking note paper, I removed the cardboard thingy (I lost my nouns years ago) from my coffee cup and wrote it out.

Moments later I got the text. I stepped into the hospital room and could see instantly that Jasmine, while still very sick, had turned a corner and was headed back toward the “land of the living.”

This does not happen to me often but at key moments during my life God has met me through His Word and given me promises moments before life confirms their truth. He knows. He cares.

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Christian writer and speaker trying to follow God one yes at a time.

15 thoughts on “Perfect Timing

    1. Oh Con it was so good to hear news of Jasmine . Prayers must be going up all over the world from your ‘family ‘ . and for your family.
      That poor sweet girl and her concerned mom ……. and you , trying to look after them both. Please Con , don’t neglect yourself . They need you too much . And Gerry and her dad how are they ? The poor men always feel their role is to protect and take care of their families and they can be carrying some totally undeserved guilt around with them.

      Can you feel that hug? It was a big one!! Just remember the Son is shining on you and your loved ones .
      May this weekend be one of praise and may you feel reborn . Easter , what a blessed time . Christ the Lord is Risen . A crazy busy time for a pastor and his wife . Are you being torn asunder? Or is it clear where you need to be?
      Take a deep breath and then another . As you have seen ,God is good … so good .
      With love and prayers … so many prayers
      Your bud,
      Dianne

      Home from Florida to rain and rain and more rain… April Showers !!🌨🌨🌨but Easter Sunday will be sunny . Appropriately enough.
      Our little Poppy is getting extra hugs and prayers. Because of Jas .

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  1. Girl, I have been hurting along with you…and praying for all of you. I’m so sorry you have to go through this but am so very thankful when moments arise like this one you just spoke about. God really is good, even in the muck. Remember Deuteronomy 31:8 – ‘It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Truly, God is with you each step of the way. Love & Continued Prayers. Hugs

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  2. Dear Connie,
    Thank you for sharing this. So heart wrenching having grandchildren around same age as Jasmine I cannot imagine how hard it is for you to see Jasmine in such pain. God is so faithful though and has a way of encouraging us just when we need it most. Have been praying with you all through this journey.

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  3. God never leaves us defenseless …His Word..His Holy Spirit find a way to feed our need.

    On Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 12:11 PM Hope for the Rest of Us wrote:

    > Connie Cavanaugh posted: “Sitting outside Jasmine’s hospital room early > Monday morning I waited for the text from Christine that says, “We are > awake. Breakfast?” That is the cue for me to go to the cafeteria and order > “The Albertan” for Christine and a pancake for Jasmine. But it” >

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  4. Connie- you and Jasmine have been on my mind a lot lately and I have been saying extra prayers. So pleased to here that her suffering has lessened a little. Stay strong with Gods help .

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  5. Now I know why you’ve been so much in my mind, nearly continually throughout the last two weeks, Connie. How thrilling to hear of God’s fresh word to you, at a time you desperately needed Him.

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  6. Praying for Jasmine and for you all. Just waiting for Air North to take us home from Calgary.
    Thank you for sharing your heart.
    Josephine & Wade

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  7. Oh Con…. how reassuring to know that God was right with you , speaking to you and comforting you and showing you promises from His word .
    There is rejoicing from all your friends at even this small step forward . .
    You and Jasmine and your family have never been far from my mind . And always right there in Gods mind .

    Sent from my iPhone

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  8. The Lord is good . A very present help in the time of trouble.praying for you all.

    On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 1:11 PM Hope for the Rest of Us wrote:

    > Connie Cavanaugh posted: “Sitting outside Jasmine’s hospital room early > Monday morning I waited for the text from Christine that says, “We are > awake. Breakfast?” That is the cue for me to go to the cafeteria and order > “The Albertan” for Christine and a pancake for Jasmine. But it” >

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  9. So thankful for encouraging news about Jasmine! And so thankful for the everlasting encouragement from God’s Word!! Love and hugs, Peggy 💖

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