Saturday, November 11, 2006

Mountains and Valleys

I'm sitting in a hotel room in Henderson, Nevada, looking out at beautiful mountains, trying to remain calm because in a little over three hours I'll be walking my daughter down the aisle. This has been a roller coaster ten days, but maybe the ride is slowing down--temporarily, at least.

My son, Allen, has come through his episode of bleeding into the fluid that surrrounds the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage) with no ill effects except boredom. All the tests were negative for any causative abnormality that would require surgery or make him vulnerable to subsequent bleeding. None of the complications that the doctors warned about have materialized. Today he's being moved out of the ICU into a regular room, and I imagine he'll be discharged sometime next week. My thanks to each of you for your prayers and concerns.

Ann is understandably down about Allen's situation. He's been through a life-threatening episode, he won't be in her wedding today, and the scenario has brought back painful memories to us all of the death of my first wife, Cynthia, seven years ago. Another valley.

But today, we walk on the mountaintop. Today is her day. She becomes the bride of a wonderful, caring man. I'm so pleased, and if my theology is anywhere near correct, Ann's mother is aware of this and is smiling along with the rest of us. I've warned my prospective son-in-law that I'll try not to stumble going down the aisle. Since he's a lighting designer/engineer, working with well-known musical groups (none of which I'll mention here--let them hire their own publicist), he assures me that he will have trained roadies stationed strategically along the route to help me as needed.

When we're in the valley, or climbing to reach the top of the hill (because we assume the mountains are out of reach), we often stumble. But God is there to bear us up. Whether you're working through writer's block, despondent because the agent won't take you on or the editor doesn't like your proposal, or dealing with the everyday problems we all face--bills, hectic schedules, worries about health--we have someone to lean upon. Give your hand to God. He'll guide you. May it be so in your life, as it has been in mine.

Blessings.

5 comments:

One More Writer said...

I hope the wedding went off without a hitch. Glad you son is better, too.

D'Ann

Robin Bayne said...

Wow, what a mix of emotions you must be feeling. Congrats on the wedding and sending prayers for the entire family. \\

Richard Mabry said...

D'Ann and Robin (and all of you who didn't post comments but continued to pray)--Thank you. The wedding was beautiful, the reception was awesome, and the happy couple are now in Japan for their honeymoon. (Hey, they like sushi--She sure didn't get that taste from me). Allen is supposed to go home from the hospital today, still nursing his headache but otherwise whole. We're in the airport awaiting our flight back home, and when the wheels touch the tarmac at DFW I think I'll take my first deep breath in almost two weeks. Truly, God is good, and He's there in the valleys and the mountains, as well as everywhere in between.
Richard

R.G. said...

You have really been through the wringer the last couple weeks. A deep breath is certainly in order! So glad the wedding went well and Allen is on the mend.

Richard Mabry said...

D'Ann and Robin (and all of you who didn't post comments but continued to pray)--Thank you. The wedding was beautiful, the reception was awesome, and the happy couple are now in Japan for their honeymoon. (Hey, they like sushi--She sure didn't get that taste from me). Allen is supposed to go home from the hospital today, still nursing his headache but otherwise whole. We're in the airport awaiting our flight back home, and when the wheels touch the tarmac at DFW I think I'll take my first deep breath in almost two weeks. Truly, God is good, and He's there in the valleys and the mountains, as well as everywhere in between.
Richard