Thursday, November 20, 2008


Tonight is going to be a very long night for me. I have so many things around the house I want to get accomplished before the morning sun rises. I have been busily working around the house like I am an expectant mother nesting before giving birth...

  • Making sure the house is in order.
  • The laundry done up.
  • Ironing sent to the dry cleaners.
  • Cookies made for the kids.
  • Casseroles pre-made and in the freezer.
  • Monthly bills pre-paid.
I am getting ready for my 6 a.m. appointment (Friday). I will check myself into the surgery center and put my faith in a team of medical professionals. Several months ago, a mass was detected and to our disappointment the mass (now referred to as a tumor) has grown substantially and in the morning I am having it removed. I am working like a busy little bee around this house because I do not know the extent of what will be done in the morning. Depending on what they find will determine the outcome and the length of recovery.

So the OCD person that I am, I am not letting the night end before everything on my list is completed! It is going to be a LONG night!

I recall a story I read not too long about a long night a young boy had...

A particular Native American tribe had a very unique practice for training their young braves. On the night of a boy's 13th birthday, he was placed in the middle of a dense forest - all alone - to spend the entire night.

Up until this time, the boy had never been away from the safety of his family or tribe. On this particular night, he was to prove that he was a man. He was blindfolded and taken miles from anyplace familiar to him. When the blindfold was removed, he was in the woods - alone - for the night. Every time an animal howled, he probably imagined a wolf leaping out of the darkness. Every time a twig snapped or the wind rustled the leaves, he probably wondered if a wild animal was about to pounce.

It was no doubt the scariest night of this young boy's life.

But when the first rays of morning sunlight began to penetrate the depth of the forest, the boy looked around and saw the flowers, the trees and the outline of the path. And to his surprise, at the end of the path he could see the figure of a warrior. He stood just a few feet away and he was armed with a bow and an arrow.

It was the young boy's father - he had been there throughout the

Wow! Isn't it reassuring to know, just like this father who was there for his son, that our heavenly Father is always present - no matter how dark or frightening the circumstances are that we find ourselves in. We may not always be able to see Him, but He is always standing watch over us. He is armed and ready to protect us even while we go thru the tests of life.

I am thankful today on this THANKFUL THURSDAY, that even though I am facing a very long night - that He is with me ... watching, protecting and loving me.


HEBREWS 13:5 " God has said, 'I will never leave you; I will never abandon you."

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Denise said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers dear one. God loves you so very much.

mom interceding said...

Our Heavenly Father is with you each step of the way. Praying that you will have a good outcome. Carolyn

Mary Beth said...

Praying for you today and the upcoming days to come.

Cheri said...

Praying that it all gets done with time to spare for you to relax. You are in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come and I want you to know that you've been a blessing to me.

Hugs to you, Cheri

Devita said...

You are in my prayer sister. I miss you. I was idle for 10 days because there was an internet trouble here.
I like that story, it always remind me how God is good and never leave me. I am happy that you know that story too. God Bless you, dear sister.

Laurie Ann said...

Laurie, I am praying God's best for you in this matter. I love the confidence and peace you seem to have despite the uncertainty of the future. God bless your thankful heart, and I cannot wait to hear some positive news from you, okay?! Happy Thankful Thursday.

Daniel's Mom said...

Great thoughts,as always! Yes, I experienced a looong night. I'll say a prayer for your surgery!

Jennifer said...

Truly a beautiful Thankful Thursday post, Laurie. Just knowing that your Heavenly Father will be standing guard over you tomorrow during surgery, guiding the hands of your doctor and holding you hand...brings tears to my eyes and comfort to my heart.

Just know that I am praying for you tonight, tomorrow and in the days to come for a quick recovery and a good report.

If there is ANYTHING that I can do for you and/or your family...please have Pastor Clayton let me know. I am here to serve you, my dear friend.

Love you, Laurie!!! Happy TT!

God Chaser said...

What a wonderful story and so encouraging- you have comfort knowing God the Father will be with you in the morning and we Praise Him now for the great outcome. Be blessed and thanks for sharing.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Praying for you that all goes well tomorrow! Happy TT!

Sherrylinn said...

I'm praying the Lord guide he doctors and give you healing my dear!