By: Tim Sader
But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. (Daniel 12:4)
In September after our short time together when we got engaged I wanted to make it up by staying a full week in September. On this trip we tried finding a wedding venue but none of them felt right so we put that on hold. Christ prepared a place and made a way for us to experience the love of God forever if we will make Him Lord of our lives. After a whole week together we thought we wouldn’t see eachother until the next month. The thing is Sammy’s ten year class reunion was a week later and she really wished I could be there with her. Come to find out her twin sister didn’t care about the reunion and made plans to be out of town that weekend. That opened up their house for that weekend so we were able to stay there again so I would be able to come and go to the reunion with her. When we got into town on Friday we went to Sammy’s dad’s house for dinner. We had roasted chicken, noodles and broccoli then went over to Amanda’s house to stay for the weekend. That night we watched some TV and I slept in the same bed with Sammy again. The next day we went ahead and put on our dress clothes so we wouldn’t have to change into them later. Changing clothes is a lot hassle for us and caregivers so generally speaking disabled people put on clothes and wear them all day even if its fancy evening wear for later. Sammy wore a white and aqua chevron striped dress and I wore kakis with a striped polo shirt. We got some food from Perkins for Breakfast and Chick-fil-A for a late lunch. After we ate Sammy got a sick stomach and felt nauseous, I think this made me nervous so I started coughing. We really struggled that afternoon and honestly didn’t know if we’d make it to the reunion or not. Sammy took some medicine for her stomach and I shook on my airway clearance system then drank some water and got myself calmed down. Neither of us was perfect when it was time to leave but we pulled it together enough so that we could go to the reunion for a few hours. The reunion was at the club house of a golf course near her sister’s house so it was easy to get there. They had a lot of nice hors d’oeuvres and a bar to order beverages, we weren’t well enough to have anything accept water and a little punch. It was great seeing Sammy reminisce: I enjoyed meting her school friends and hearing stories about how they were impacted by her friendship. I felt odd since I was feeling bad and wondered if people were getting the wrong impression of me and if they thought we should get married or not.
I know that kind of thinking was silly but when I am ill I have a difficult time thinking anything positive. It didn’t ultimately matter what they thought because we are trusting God to make this work and inspite of our health concerns together with Him things work out. When we got back to Sammy’s sister’s house it was getting late so we got ready for bed. I used my airway clearence system again because I still felt a bit congested before laying down. On my breathing mask at night I have a way to cough stuff up so by morning congestion from the previous day doesn’t bother me again. At that time I thought talking while doing this made it worse so it made that night a little odd for Sammy and me but we cuddled up and just dealt with it. Since then I learned it was a silly made up rule and it makes no difference if I talk or not. The next morning we got up feeling much better but our morning was rushed because a friend needed mom and me to sit with their son and we had five hours to get lunch and drive four hours. We left Sammy’s sister’s house and picked up some Burger King on our way to drop her off at her dad’s house. In Daniel he sees a vision of the end times and sees many people rushing around in a world with increased knowledge. Compared to ancient Babylon modern times would seem overwhelmingly hurried. Often we walk about like zombies in our own little world rushing around heaping up wealth so someone else can spend it after we pass on (Ps. 39:6). We really just need to slow down and remember what is truly important. The time has come for us to wake up because the day of our salvation is near. We must no longer be in the fog with all our knowledge and dark deeds; instead we must clothe ourselves in the light of our Lord Jesus Christ not in satisfying our flesh (Rom. 13:11-14). To do this we think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable—anything that is excellent or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). We had a very sad rushed goodbye and we vowed to never do another one like it because our relationship is worth putting more time into.
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