I walked into the hospital room and saw her lying there looking weak-eyed. It was only one day earlier that I had visited my older sister Shavette and saw my 11 year old niece, Ayanna, waling, crying and writhing in pain.
Everyone at the house could tell something was seriously wrong and we were right.
Ayanna’s evening emergency room visit turned into emergency surgery.
It all happened so fast.
“How are you feeling?” I asked softly, carefully walking toward her bed in the dimly lit room.
“I’m okay,” Ayanna responded just above a whisper, looking at me with her beautiful doe eyes. Poor baby was hurting a lot and feeling quite lousy from the pain medication. It was difficult to see her like that. But I thank God He brought her through surgery successfully and her prognosis is great.
On my way out of the hospital with my mom, dad and other niece Amia, a Caucasian man stopped my father. “Do I know you from somewhere?” he asked.
“My name is Bishop Brinson,” Dad replied, shaking the man’s hand.
“I know,” the stranger said nodding with a peculiar expression on his face. “Didn’t I treat your wife?”
That question sparked both my parents’ memories, though I was still clueless. Turns out, he was part of the oncology team that cared for my mother during her intense battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer last year.
The gentleman was amazed by how well she looked and felt after being so sick with numerous infections during her chemo treatment.
As the three of them stood there talking, the conversation turned toward the sad news of the death of mom’s former Oncologist, Dr. Zale P. Bernstein. He passed away in March after a 15-month battle with cancer.
God used the good doctor to help save my mom’s life, but Dr. Bernstein could not save his own. His time on earth had expired and his work was fulfilled.
Irony of ironies, some would say, but I say sovereignty of sovereignties.
God is sovereign.
He is in control of all things and has the final say in our lives. That’s why there is no need for us to worry or fret about what tomorrow holds. It is all in God’s hands anyway, so we may as well put our trust in Him.
To remind you of this, I’m stirring Daniel 2:21 NIV into your cup of inspiration. It says, “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded that the times and seasons are controlled by the Lord. You will understand that it is useless to work ourselves up, trying to figure out what tomorrow holds. It’s better just to trust in the wisdom and goodness of our sovereign God who holds tomorrow.
Now let us pray.
Father, I don’t always understand what happens in life or why, but You do. You already know the plans You have for me and what my future holds. So please help me not to fret because of the uncertainty of what lies before me. But instead, teach me to trust in the faithfulness and sovereignty of You, the one who lives inside me. I pray for grace to trust You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!