Memorial Box Mondays was created by Linny at her blog, A Place Called Simplicity (listed at the right). You can go there to find out more information about MBM's and also read what others have written.
Today I am remembering an event from 1979! We were living in a small town in central Montana where Joel was working as a seminary intern for a local congregation. Our family had moved there for 1 year and then would return to MN for Joel to finish seminary. On one February day, Joel was having a lot of pain that turned out to be his appendix. A friend, Ron, offered to drive Joel and I to a hospital 90 miles away. Another friend took our 4 children home with her as Joel, Ron, and I headed out in a snow storm. It was touch and go at times and we were praying hard that Joel's appendix would not burst before we got there. Sometimes our friend Ron was driving 100 mph across that flat part of Montana....in a snow storm..... I don't know how he could see to drive. Needless to say prayers were keeping us on the road. We arrived at the hospital in record time and a surgeon we had never met before took Joel in for immediate surgery. The doctor said the appendix was ready to burst. We spent 4 days in the hospital because the blizzard closed all the roads down. The doctor offered me one of his family's cars to drive, and he and his wife offered me a place to sleep in their home! Now that is Montana hospitality at its best. I chose to stay close to Joel sleeping on the floor beside him until a cot eventually was brought into the room for me. All the "circumstances" fell into place for Joel that night. A gifted surgeon with a big heart, a good friend to drive like the wind, and a place for our children to stay. I would put a small snow globe in my Memorial Box to remind me of this time when God's plans came together to bring Joel through a medical emergency.
This is especially important for me to remember at this time since I was just diagnosed last Friday with uterine cancer. I already live with Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These illnesses have weakened my immune system and caused me to have a multitude of chemical reactions to medications, cleaning supplies, fragrances, plastics, etc. that make surgery even more risky. As we digest this new diagnosis and what it means, as we try to put everything into place for a safe surgery, and as we wait to see exactly what I am facing, we remember that God guided us during a snow storm, a fast car ride, and in the operating room. He will do so in the coming weeks too! I remember that God's grace and goodness get us through the tough times...and that every day is a gift.