No such thing as coincidence

I woke up this morning earlier than normal, and that is not like me.  Worry had taken its toll on me through the night.  I was up and showered with plenty of time to get Meghan to Sunday School.

She woke up sore and stiff – some combination of a difficult swim class, and her body’s realization that it had been two days without Celebrex.  That is her “wonder drug,” the one that keeps her moving pain free.  She needs to be off of it until it is determined if she will need thyroid surgery.  The pain will progress.

Still, determined, she struggled through getting dressed and found her smile before heading out the door.  She looks forward to church – the lessons, the children, the teachers.  She adores them all.

As I headed home to wait out her class I heard a song on the radio that I have heard many times before, but today Matthew West‘s “Strong Enough”  spoke to my heart.

If you don’t know the song, its worth listening to, but some of the words that spoke to me; “I know I’m not strong enough to be everything that I am supposed to be.  I give up.  I’m not strong enough… Hands of mercy won’t you cover me, Lord right now I’m askign you to be Strong Enough for the both of us…”

Tears streaming down my face I headed home.  I am always thankful and amazed when the song  I “need” hits at exactly the right time.

As Felix and I headed back for the 11 AM service I reflected on the week in front of us.  The biopsy looms large.  The results even larger.  Sandwiched in between is an appointment for my spleen.  Busy week for the Ortegas and their ever troubled organs.

I had Emailed the pastors to let them know of Meghan’s biopsy.  They have done such a wonderful job helping us feel at home, even as we are technically “guests,” that they have made it known to us they appreciate being kept “in the loop.”

This morning during Church I was introduced to a Moravian Custom.  Appranetly early in the year everyone chooses a scripture verse from a large basket.  They called it, jokingly,” Fortune Cookies, Moravian style.”

We were told that this passage would be our “watchword” for the year, and that we would would see God’s work in our lives through the scripture.

I said a quick prayer to God to send us something good.

As usual, He did not disappoint.

For Meghan – Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  For my Meghan, a verse to define the abstract “faith” that yielded lots of good discussion today.

For Felix, a verse from Job 37:5 “God thunders wondrously with His voice.  He does great things we can not comprehend.”  A reminder to the strength of our family, from Job who suffered so.

For me, Psalm 116:2 – “What shall I return to the Lord for all His bounty to me?”  The reminder to continue to “Pay it Forward,” and to remember even on the tough days, I am so blessed.

The prayers of the church lifted up my little girl, and she sighed.  So pleased to know the larger community sees her needs.  She has such a long prayer list of her own, that to be remembered and prayed for clearly touched her soul.

I left church to a hug from the pastor, who is also a mom.  As I looked into her eyes no words were needed, and meaning was clearly conveyed.

Despite our rough times… God is good to us.

I heard the Matthew West song again today.  I didn’t cry this time.  I just took a deep breath.  “I don’t have to be Strong Enough….”

There are no coincidences.  Only the hand of God through the power of the Holy Spirit, ready with exactly what we need, when we need it.  Truly amazing.

God’s got us covered.

By this time Tuesday we will be awaiting results.