God is not surprised

By now you’ve heard and seen much pertaining to the tragic events in Japan. It’s truly hard to fathom such devastation. In the blink of an eye people’s lives were forever changed.

I sat down last evening to reflect on such events and how quickly the unexpected can stop us in our tracks. I intended to blog about it but never got the chance. Susan’s cell phone rang. It was Sam!

Valerie went into the doctor on Thursday afternoon for a regular baby check-up and was diagnosed with Preeclampsia – a pregnancy condition involving high blood pressure and protein in the urine. They admitted her to the hospital to monitor the condition. She and the baby were stable.

Then on Friday they decided to keep her another night. But around 8:00 pm Sam called to let us know that Valerie’s blood pressure had spiked and they were going to transport her to St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in Indy.

All of a sudden, the unexpected broke into our otherwise ordinary day!

I writing this at 2:00 am as Susan and I settle into a hotel room in Indy. Sam and Valerie are settled in at the hospital and all is calm for the moment. Aaron is 32 1/2 weeks along in his development and all his vital signs are strong. Valerie’s blood pressure has settled down. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and hoping that he can stay in her tummy a while longer.

There is no way to predict earthquakes or tsunamis or Preeclampsia. But even when we are surprised and jolted awake by the unexpected, God is not. God is already busy working in the details and making His presence known.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…  The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. ~ Psalm 46:1-3, 11



Filed under Encouragement, Gratitude, Life in General, Suffering

16 responses to “God is not surprised

  1. I am praying for you and you and your family Rick. The Lord is on the scene and is in control. As I was waiting for my laptop to boot up just now, I randomly cracked open the Word…and my eyes fell upon….of all places? Psalm 46! May you you to Him all your fears and concerns and see His care in everything.
    God bless.

  2. Connie Swearingen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Rick.

  3. Suzanne

    Rick and Susan, we add our prayers to everyone else’s that little Aaron will be able to stay in his mommy’s tummy a while longer and also pray that Valerie’s BP gets more under control.
    Love the verse you posted.

  4. Kurt Alexander

    Praying for a safe delivery for mother and a strong healthy baby. Most of all, praying that Jesus is holding all of you close in His arms.

  5. Jim Stoppenhagen

    Elaine texted me about Sam and Valerie when I was at IHOP – FW. I told Pastor Ben and Denise Bouwers about it and together we lifted you and your family up in prayer. May the Lord continue to walk you guys thru these difficult waters. Jim

  6. internet elias

    The greatest comfort comes when we are ‘still.’ As Valerie receives the touch of God through doctors and meds…she will also recall that God is the Potter…she and her little one…clay. It is in weakness that we are made strong.



  7. Sandy Campbell

    Our Prayers are with you, Susan, Sam, Valerie and the rest of your family.
    Sandy and Bobby

  8. nate logston

    We’re praying for your family too Rick

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