My answer is...absolutely!!!
We are on vacation at the beach. I love it here! I love standing all by myself on the sand and looking out at the vast sea and sky. I can't help but be overwhelmed by how big God is in that moment. I feel so small and insignificant, and yet I am not. God delights over me and showers blessings on little insignificant me on a daily basis.
Yesterday was our first full day here. My little Sweet Pea had an accident while playing at the beach. We talked to phone nurses twice during the day. Around 10pm we found that she really needed to be seen by a doctor.
She was afraid and tired and hurting. Stand-Up Dad and I prayed with her before we left for the ER. I kept trying to remind her that even though she was scared, God was with her, He loves her and will protect her. One of her biggest concerns was that she wouldn't know the doctors at the hospital. So we prayed that all the people we met would be kind to her and that God would give them wisdom.
We got to the ER and God answered our prayers. There are very nice people at Seaside Providence Hospital. After an IV and x-rays the doctors decided that her issues were beyond what they could do and wanted to send us to the Children's Hospital in Portland. They wanted a Pediatric Surgeon to look at her tonight. Really???
So at 12:30am this morning we drove 80 miles through the mountains to Portland(Just Sweet Pea and I). More prayer for safe travel and God's hand on all the deer and elk along the road.
We arrived after 2am. More prayer for kind and wise doctors and God's hand on it all. Again God showed his goodness and protection. We met many wonderful doctors and nurses at the hospital in Portland. My Sweet Pea was amazing. God had definitely given her His peace. She did so well. Her fear was now gone and she was trusting in the big God who made the sea and the sky.
At 4am after she had been seen once again by another doctor, she looked at me and said, "Mom, it is so great that God is here with me and I don't have to be afraid." I completely agree, sweet heart.
Around 9am she had a "procedure" that showed the doctors that she is going to be just fine, just as we had prayed they would. Thank you God!
Now the time is 10:30am and I have had no sleep in the last 24 hours, and I have to drive 80 miles back over the mountains. Coffee and more prayer. All the way home Sweet Pea spoke of God's goodness. I reminded her that God says that in this life we will have trouble, but He will use that trouble to grow us and He will be with us through it.
We made it home safe. Thanks again God! This was not the way I anticipated spending our vacation. But through this tiring ordeal my daughter has seen God as a really big, loving, and present God.
Just like the same God who made that amazing sea and sky.
My prayer today is for healing for Sweet Pea, rest and a very uneventful remainder of our vacation.
"Consider it a great joy, my brothers, (and sisters) whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing."