It has been a tiring week, though I have not done much physical work. How is it that sitting in a hospital waiting room or intensive care unit can take so much out of a person? I have been weary each evening, yet sleep did not come easily. Concern for Sweet William has taken its toll on me this week.
I have felt the prayers of family and friends, giving me strength to keep going, being able to put one foot in front of the other. Right now there isn’t anything more important than being there for Bill.
Sickness and suffering, be it my own or a family member, brings life into perspective, doesn’t it? The things I work so hard for, the stuff that I spend time taking care of, what I think will bring me satisfaction quickly fade into the background when life hangs in the balance.
When I first heard that Bill had three very blocked arteries, I bent low to his face and said, “I’m thankful you are alive.”
Let this be a reminder to all of us. It is the people around us, those God has given us, that are most important. All else will decay and eventually vanish. But not so with the people who have eternal souls living on into eternity somewhere. The greatest investment I can ever make is not to my 401K. It is the investment I make into the hearts and lives of those I love.
And the payoff? It’s out of this world!