“Tomorrow marks the end of the third week since Jon’s accident. As Jon suffers pain and difficulties in the hospital, family and friends do what they can to bring comfort and encouragement to him.
Today was Levi’s turn to spend some special time with his dad. Snugged up in bed next to Jonathan and armed with his Happy Meal and a bag of activities to do together, Levi looked quite pleased. Thirty minutes later, when I came back to the room to get him, he and Jon were finishing a game of tic-tac-toe. We left Jon to take a nap and went across the street to join the others at Muddy’s, the playground and water-play park along the Esplanade.
After Jon’s nap, Adie wheeled him out to join the rest of us at the Esplanade, where there are many nearby restaurants and shops. After supper we strolled down the pier, enjoying the tropical night air, the colored lights in the trees, and looking over the yachts and fishing boats docked at the pier.
I marveled at the blessing God has given with this hospital in Cairns. Where else could a patient not only be wheeled out into the sunshine and fresh air and a boulevard by the ocean, but also enjoy parks, children in playgrounds, and have a choice of over forty restaurants within a ten-minute walk! It was so sweet to watch four-year-old Jace walk beside his dad with his hand resting on the arm of Jon’s wheelchair.
This is only one of many blessings. Another is the hospitality of Jonathan and Candy Burns, who opened their home to Adie the first day she arrived. By the time I came along, there were already six adults and seven children living here. To make room for everyone, Jonathan and Candy are sharing their bedroom with their two elementary-aged children. Their sacrificial kindness has meant so much!
In the midst of the suffering and the uncertainty, God is showing His love and kindness in a multitude of ways. Daily He brings the reminder that we can “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” Psalm 55:22
Thank you for your prayers.