Living in a Landscape Artist’s Painting

December 20, 2008 at 9:12 am 1 comment

Have you ever wondered if people who live in places surrounded by God’s lovely nature get so used to seeing it that they fail to notice the magnificent creation that is right in front of their eyes?   Today was so distracting, we could have missed the beauty. The dermatologist had an opening so we rushed over unfamiliar roads to the other side of the mountain.  Dan was surprised when the dermatologist  took a biopsy of two large hives. We’ll have the biopsy report  January 2 when stitches are removed. She ordered Dan to take only the meds he absolutely has to have, and stop all other meds and supplements. ( For 7 nights since the hives are all over Dan’s body, I have to cover him from his neck to his toes (except for his wound) with a mixture of steroid cream and anti-itch lotion.  Scott wraps him in plastic wrap, and a warm flannel sheet for the night.)

We left the dermatologist’s office in time to bolt down a lovely vegan lunch Michelle prepared for us.  Then we drove 15 miles down Highway One alongside the Pacific to see Dan’s Personal Physician.  She said the infection in his wound is improving. She ordered daily home health nursing care to help Dan take sponge baths as well as change the dressing on his incision. The Dr. did not have the nitrate pad to put on Dan’s wound, so I had to redo the bandage tonight.  Are we having fun yet???  
Dan said today, “I am beginning to understand how Job must have felt.”  We are so thankful to be here with Scott and family.  Scott is practical, calming.  Michelle is so kind.  She took on the job of making the carrot juice.  She and her mother chop veggies. We are surrounded by loving family. 
Today was hard. But, again, God bathed my soul with peaceful beauty . As I drove back “home,”  the foothills clothed with lovely trees of all sorts were on our right.  On our left, the sun was setting over the Pacific.  I told Dan, “I feel like I am living in a landscape artist’s painting.  It is so beautiful!”   Now, it’s time to truly trust God every minute…no matter what happens, God will carry us through it.  Psalm 5 ends with, “let all who take refuge in You be glad;  let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;  you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” — Anne and Dan  

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  December 20, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    God comforts His people at just the right time and in just the right way that makes us feel better mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. God consistently paints a picture with His words in the Bible about the type of comfort God has waiting for Christians in our future. In this way, God gives our hearts hope in the midst of dry, hard, desert troubling times. May God bless you all and give you peaceful relief from all our afflictions. Love in His Name, Sherrie

    “The dry desert will become very happy. The desert will be glad and will grow like a flower. The desert will be full of growing flowers and will begin to show its happiness. It will seem like the desert is dancing with joy. the desert will be beautiful like the forest of Lebanon, the hill of Carmel, and Sharon Valley. This will happen because all people will see the Glory of the Lord. People will see the beauty of our God . . . People are afraid and confused. Say to those people, ‘Be strong! Don’t be afraid!’ Look, your God will come . . . and give you your reward. The Lord will save you . . . Springs will flow in the dry land . . . at that time there will be real pools of water . . . God will make his people free! . . . The people will be happy when they come into Zion. The people will be happy forever. Their happiness will be like a crown on their heads. Their gladness and joy will fill them completely. Sorrow and sadness will be gone far, far away (Isaiah 35-ETRV).”


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