Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Quiet Moments With God -- It Takes Spirit

My granddaughter Olivia and grandson Ezra both had surgery three days prior to Halloween. Ezra had repair work done on both of his ear drums and Olivia had her tonsils removed. Halloween arrived and both of them were feeling miserable. Ezra had started to rally a bit and was excited about the evening's fun. Olivia had been running a fever for two days and that afternoon it was steadily holding at 101. She couldn't eat or drink and was clearly dehydrated and suffering.

Olivia was so sick she had to return to the hospital where she was put on IV fluids and an IV antibiotic. When she was released she should have gone home to bed but . . . it was Halloween. She'd brought her costume with her to the hospital and after being rehydrated she was determined to go trick-or-treating. Managing to find her smile she joined in the fun, at least for a little while, before having to retreat to the comfort and warmth of the car.

It was "only" Halloween, but for my grandchildren it was an important day. Under awful circumstances, they both dug down inside and found the strength to do something that mattered to them. Even though it was "only" trick-or-treating they grabbed hold of their desire, spirit, perseverance and courage and went out and had a good time. The smiles on their faces inspired me.

My grandchildren are always teaching me lessons. They live full out, refusing to allow adversity to stop them . . . and they've had more than their share of troubles I can assure you.

Maybe we can do more than we think is possible. I don't know about you, but the next time I'm thinking about giving up I'm going to remember Olivia and Ezra and the lively spirits that carried them through their pain and exhaustion on their special night.

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. Anonymous3:53 AM

    Nice story. What brave young kids, we can learn from them.

  2. Thank you, Walkikngwithoaks. And yes God uses all sorts of things in our lives to teach us. We just have to be paying attention. Sadly I miss a lot ;->

    Blessings to you.

  3. Children are such an inspiration and can teach us so many valuable lessons.

  4. Anonymous12:04 AM

    "only Halloween"~~"Just trick or treating"... Ha! Not to kiddos their age! I am thankful they got to enjoy as they were able. God is good. Oooooh, it would be hard on this gramma's heart to have two at a time needing "fixing"--arrrrrgh!