Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Groans and Sighs

So... yesterday was an interesting day.  The day started with a raging headache and a blossoming  backache which ended up quite tolerable after some tylenol and prayer which included some 'groaning and sighing'... I jumped in the car to go visit my dear mom who lives in a nursing home in Algona, about 2 1/2 hours away.  When I drive for that length of time, all alone, I pack all kinds of CDs and choir samples to listen to.  The trip was going along just fine.  I called Mom to remind her that I was coming and yes, she wanted chicken selects and fries from McDonalds and would I get some, please?

I arrived in Algona, hit the McDonalds and bounded in to mom's room only to find she was not there.  After searching about, I found out she was at the hospitol having some tests done and yes, it was odd that no one knew about this.  So off to the hospitol I went and I found mom waiting for some sort of scan (Mom called it a scam).  A couple of hours later, she headed back to the nursing home and I went back to McDonalds for round number 2 of chicken and fries.  After eating, I went back to the car to get some other fun things that I had brought up and found I had a flat tire!  More 'groaning and sighing'... Long story short, I ended up with a new membership to AAA which I didn't use and a delightful encounter with a local kid from a service station down the street who fixed my tire for $33 and a handsome tip.  My dear mother was a train wreck by the time I left, but I left her with an entertaining story to tell her hairdresser.

By the time I got home, my backache was torrential and you guessed it, I was 'groaning and sighing.'  This Scripture comes to mind:  Romans 8:26-28 says "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings (and sighs) too deep for words...  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." 

I think we are all going to have these kinds of days where all we can do is meet each challenging circumstance with prayer.  It's a great help to know we have the Spirit of God interceding with groans and sighs.  I cant' help but wonder what the Spirit's groans and sighs sound like.  I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, they are more powerful than mine.

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