When the Pone Rings at 1:30 AM
When the phone rings at 1:30 AM and you are sound asleep it startles you and your heart races. First you have to try to emerge from sleep and grab some wits about you. Groggily you begin try to figure it out. “What is that noise? The phone. What time is it? 1:30 AM Who can it be at this hour? It can’t be good.”
That happened to me last night. My home phone rang but I couldn’t get my wits about me fast enough and missed the call. Then I heard my cell phone ringing in the kitchen. I stumbled to it and answered. A voice said, “Ruth, Windsor needs to talk to you.” Apparently Windsor, my youngest daughter, had asked this person to call me. Windsor got on the phone and said, “Mom I have blood clots in my kidney and lung. They are admitting me.” I knew she had gone to the hospital late yesterday with abdominal pain but never expected this news.
Fortunately, I am not one to panic in such situations.
I live several hours away from her. Her husband was at the beach with the 2 youngest kids – she had left the beach to go to the hospital with her oldest son.
I knew there was nothing I could do for her at that point except pray. I quickly emailed my 3 sweet prayer partners to ask for prayer. Although we have each told the others to call in an emergency at any hour – I didn’t want to do that to them or their husbands! I knew God was awake and I could talk with Him. So I did. He was in control. He was with Windsor and knew all the details, including what the problem was and how it would be fixed.
It was a blessing that she had the abdominal pain that caused her to go to the hospital. Yes, it interrupted her long weekend at the beach but they found these blood clots! It could have been so much worse if she had ignored her pain.
At times like this I have learned to remind myself of God’s unchanging character and the marvelous promises we have in the scriptures. They are such a comfort.
I have a loving Heavenly father who watches over those I love. He is involved in their lives. He is wise, gracious, merciful, kind, alert, bigger than the situation, faithful, our ever-present Help, always near, our peace. We trust Him to do what is best. We are wrapped in His loving care and sovereignty! We are in His hands. There is no safer place to be.