Things are more than a bit of disarray around here today. The details aren't terribly interesting, and we're working our way through them even at this mid-evening hour.
A couple of high points.
- we did receive Wife's Humira shipment today. All packed in ice packs, sent via FedEx with a signature. One box. Doesn't look like much, doesn't weigh much. But if we had to buy the contents out of our own pockets, we'd have to for over the better part of $30,000 for that box's contents. They have a wonderful patient assistance program that helps those of us in great need but not-so-great resources. We thank the Lord for that assistance, and for the medicine itself.
- And we got a phone call from our insurance company. The promised changes to their own records for our dental coverage have gone through (more than six months after they were supposed to), so we can arrange now to have Wife's much-overdue work done. That's the good part. That bad part is that, AFTER the insurance, we still are on the hook for $350 that has to be paid up front. Her Disability check is due to hit the bank next Tuesday, so she will have to suffer until then. Color me not so cheerful. And some home repair, etc. things that we've been desperate to do, will have to be put off somewhat longer.
- And she's been getting through, somehow. It wears her down; being in constant pain of one or more types and locations for YEARS on end can have that effect upon a person, which should not be surprising. She did suddenly have the very rare urge to get out of the house for a few minutes, so she went with me to the local grocery store to pick up a few things. Of course, once there, she found several things that we "needed", including a few that wouldn't have occurred to me under the category of "needs", like 5 boxes of dry pasta (but on a good sale). Did her good to get out. And we will certainly use the items we got: pasta is pretty cheap (sauce isn't) so we stretch a dollar pretty far that way.
- She's over talking to the Niece now as the Nephew-in-law (Niece's husband) is working on their downstairs toilet. He didn't want any help, so I was at loose ends. Did the dishes (by hand of course) and now there's a load in the clothes washer. Stuff needed to be done, and I'm the one to do it.
It was just about a year ago that an old friend's daughter died after a very long illness. That's one of those worse problems. So long as we still have life, we can do something.
Today's reading in the Old Testament is chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the book of Esther.
There are some verses in Scripture that jump out at me. Perhaps for others, and perhaps the specific ones will vary from person to person. Which is fine.
One of my favorites is the the latter part of verse 14 of chapter 4.
Indeed. No matter what our situation and circumstances, no matter, the Lord knows them. And perhaps we are there at that time and place and situation, to further His kingdom. We don't know, generally, at the time, what the life-changing moments will look like. Sometimes we can look back and say, "Oh! NOW I see!". I've had one or two (or more) of them. And I'm not alone.
So that gives us the "song of the day". A favorite of mine, certainly. And of others as well.
"For Such a Time As This"
This is one rendering. There are several. I like the phrase, "to hear the voice of God and do His will, no matter what it is". Yes, we must surrender our will to His. I'm not good at that. Esther was. And the world was changed as a result.
Our New Testament passage is verses 17-42 in chapter 5 of the Acts of the Apostles.