To tell it right I have to back up a couple of years and explain.
In 2007 Gary was diagnosed with Dementia due to Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Over the next few years, as his disease progressed, and we learned more of the typical path ahead of us, big decisions were made. In 2009 we decided it was best to sell our Sunland home and "downsize" to a more manageable place that would suit our coming needs. The next summer, we moved to our new home, a condo in a 55+ community in Santa Clarita. That was in May of 2010.
|Moving Day - May 2010|
|Our Condo since May 2010|
I know... lots of detail here...but you'll see why...read on.
|Tightly gripping hands|
Ever since God saved me I have loved talking to Him. He hears me. He cares. I tell him everything. I ask forgiveness when I sin and I praise Him for His wonderful doings. I ask Him for things that arise up from my desires, but I don't expect Him to provide them if they are not good for me. I may not see the specific results, but I am convinced that He is attentive and doing thousands of seen and unseen things all the time everywhere. He is particularly attentive to our cries for help when we entrust the results to His wise, kind, just and loving care.
The family strategy session was in mid-July. 4 days later, I got a call from our daughter in Florida. It went something like this:
April: "Mom I want to tell you something. Do you remember meeting Jason?"
Me: "Yes, I've met him on one of our visits there, but don't really know him." (He was one of the young men in their church and a good friend of our son-in-law.)
April: "You know, he follows your blog, he's been praying for you and Dad, and he told us that he would really like to come out to California to help you both. He wondered if you'd like him to do that?"
Me: Stunned Silence.
Me: "He wants to WHAT?
April: "You should talk to him. You'd really like him and he's so responsible and loves the Lord. He's a really neat guy."
Me: "Did he know we were praying for someone like him?"
|Gary's interestd in the garden, but can't get back up.|
So since July, Jason and I have been shooting emails back and forth, working out the details of how things will work, but to get to the point, he is on his way RIGHT NOW, from Florida to move in with us this weekend. I have been waiting to share this amazing news until he's on the road since things can always change, but as of now, he's in Texas, and on a course, set by the Lord to be our help and encouragement.
If you think God is vague and generally disinterested, or too busy to notice the specifics, get this:
Jason has been a CNA. (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Jason has a full-time job which he does FROM HOME!
Jason loves Jesus.
Jason has is considerate and responsible.
Jason is young and strong.
Jason is willing to exchange rent for care.
AND...most amazingly...It was our dear Lord that prompted Jason to want to come and serve us! Not me or anyone else!
Of course things may change. I don't know how long a time Jason is going to be a part of our home and lives. But God is sovereign. He is Large and In Charge. This is God's story, not mine. He can do as He pleases, and I trust Him. Whether long or short, the HUGE lesson I have learned and will NEVER forget, is that "God is intimately acquainted with all my ways." as He says in Psalm 139.
"The Lord will accomplish what concerns me..." Ps 138:8
"In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears." Ps. 18:6
"Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation."
God is REAL folks. Take Him at his word.
|Gary at Descanso Gardens|