Yeah... I know. I haven't been writing much of anything here. Well, I've been a bit covered up with various stuff going on. Doctors, doctors, doctors. Surgery on my eyelids, then tests to rule out some other serious health issues-- no ovarian cancer... that's good. Praise the LORD, so far so good on the tests. One more set of results to hear and then I'm in the clear. I think. Nothing more till cataract surgery next year. Maybe. Plans are curious things. By now I thought my eyes would be all healed up.
Eyelids are healing but got a bit further to go by the feel of things. Woke up last night with water pouring down my cheeks. Don't know why they do that, but they do. And all day today, it felt like rocks were in one of my eyes. Wonder if they are always going to feel numb... hmmn. The blurred vision due to the ointment was the worst and part of why I've been AWOL here. I couldn't concentrate long enough to write much. I know. Excuses, excuses. My son-in-law went through Ranger training with a piece of wood stuck in his eye. What a wimp I am. We now know why I never joined the Army.
Been trying to get my flowers planted amid extreme back pain and battling Oklahoma winds (actually more like gales). Nearly impossible for me. I have a problem with dirt flying in my face and getting into my incision. Finally got the majority of them planted. Probably just in time for the grasshoppers to devour them. Praying that is not the case. I remember last year that they were so thick my granddaughter wouldn't walk 12 feet from her door to mine. They jumped all over her. (Check out the bug-eyes here/link). I couldn't even have a few geraniums. They ate them up. In fact they ate holes in my window screens.... disgusting insects. I killed two tiny babies on my steel siding today; one was green and other was brown. So it may be the prelude. With all the rain we are getting today and that which is forecasted for the weekend, we may see them multiply. Hope it drowns them. Evil I am.
Then, on Monday, I had a problem with Typepad hosting this website. It crashed and when it did, so did my site and every site on the internet hosted by them. They had some kind of attack on their DDos. Whatever that is. I'm no techy. Scared me. Thought it was possible that I'd lose all my data. I finally went to Twitter and found out that they were battling like crazy to get everything back ship-shape. And they assured me that all my data was still there. That made me rest easier. I had to write an entirely new column for my newspaper editor though. The one I'd already had ready to go was stuck in the Typepad blog I set up for Common Matters. So, as it turned out, I just wrote about what happened with the crash instead of what I had planned to send to my editor. Missed my deadline by a smidgeon but my dear editor was more than understanding and held my space. Best news on that little plan that went awry, is that my post for this week is already set to be submitted on Monday.
This whole fiasco and the other interruptions and obstacles I faced with my plans showed me a couple of things. Firstly: God still has everything under control, even though inconveniences and difficulties arise. He's got it all figured out and says:
"For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
So, even though my eyes have caused a lot of trouble with writing and even though my website was inaccessible, God had a plan. And I just executed it. He gave me grace to write a new column, albeit not the perfect one. AND, secondly:
He showed me something in the scare of losing all my writing data and the threat of other health issues. I have a book with 29 chapters completed. Not only do I need another back-up plan for all my data, and thousands of articles and photos, I need to finish that book that sits waiting for me to complete. That which I've committed myself to write needs to be written. I need to stop dilly-dallying around.
So, I'll try not to be so busy with my plans that I let the wheels fall off the cart the Lord has given me to push. His plans are definitely better than mine. He teaches me this lesson every single day. When will I ever learn?
Other Plans Thwarted then Blessed
When God Restores What We Have Lost /link (happy ending from invasion of the grasshoppers)
My girlfriend keeps grasshoppers under control. She has guineas that eat the creepy monsters. If I got guineas, our dogs would eat them. Food chain- gotta love that plan.