Saturday was our Annual Ladies’ Day at our church. We plan and prepare for a year, and there are a lot of details that are taken care of that those who come do not even realize and never see. And yet so it is. The ladies in our church carry on and do it every year. We had a speaker; we had decorations; we had food; we had door prizes; we had special music; we had stories about missions (since our theme was “Around the World”); we had a housekeeping tip; we had prayed for many months. And so it came.
I look forward to seeing the ladies from neighboring churches and enjoying the fellowship with them. I look forward to watching our ladies working hard to make everything go well and make everyone welcome and comfortable. And they did—but this year I only got to see it in pictures.
Last Monday I broke out with what I thought was an allergic reaction to something. My husband and I were traveling. So upon my return home, I saw the doctor on Thursday and was diagnosed with shingles. The left side of my face has blisters—in my scalp, on my forehead, in my eyebrow, on my eyelid, beside my nose, above my lip, and below my lip. On top of all that terribleness—I got a cluster of three fever blisters on my left side of my lip.
And so, I did not get to enjoy the day as the years before; but I am thankful that I have an assistant (our youth pastor’s wife), a missionary daughter, and a host of faithful church ladies who took the mantle and carried on. The day was wonderful and came off without a hitch.
I, in my sad condition, learned some things. The Lord is in control and though things do not always happen according to plan, He does still bless. I learned to be still and trust the Lord. Yes, I shed some tears over missing the day, but I trust His sovereign plan to be best.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
I am thankful for all the sweet ladies and our youth pastor who texted me and sent me pictures throughout the day. I was there is spirit!