This morning I leave for O’ahu. Another appointment for our son. We have had several appointments in the past month…some here on our island, and a few on O’ahu. Today is a follow-up for us. We are hoping for some good news as the specialist reviews various tests that were completed.
Two weeks ago my son and I made this same trip. We left in the morning, traveled by taxi to the hospital, and returned to the airport to fly home that evening. Seems easy enough, right? I giggle thinking back to that last trip and I wonder what today holds. As you may imagine, with a very busy three-year old, this trip is not as simple as it sounds.
My son can be very sweet, and very busy. He points out many things and his curiosity leads him to ask many questions. Such as, “Mama, who’s that (while pointing directly at someone)?” And, “Mama, what’s that?” Or, “What color is that?” “Can I have that?” “Why not?” He sings songs and plays air guitar (which he pronounces ghee-tar). He walked around saying, “HI-YAH!” repeatedly as he jumped and kicked, then froze in place over and over again. As all this was going on, I saw people looking at us. And others who pretended to ignore us. I laughed to myself as I dreamed up all the possible thoughts that may be going through the minds of onlookers. I could imagine people praying, asking God to bless them and keep this little darling from sitting near them on their flight.
Whew! Attempting to contain busy-boy-energy for a long, 9 hours. My son is restless and difficult to contain in the airport. He has a hard time keeping his feet off the seat in front of him. He just wants to run and jump. And all day he asks, “Can I run?” My responses are full of words such as “not yet,” “soon,” “almost done,” “you are doing so well,” and “please keep your feet down.”
Lord, I thank you for my son. I know you created him in your image. He is fearfully and wonderfully made. Today will be a full day, Lord. I ask for your blessing on our day. Please keep us safe as we travel, Lord. Bless us with your peace and your love. Bring your calm over my son and remove his fears. Give me the stamina I need to keep up with him. I also pray that today will be a day of good news. Guard our hearts and minds as we hear things and help us to hear your voice louder than all the rest. Amen.