The Good News About A Bad Day

Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Let me just say put it in sports terms. If I am ever watching a certain University play any sport against any other team, I will not root for them. In fact, if college could meet professional in sports, and a certain University played against the Redskins. I would go for the Redskins. And I’m a Cowboys fan. ‘Nuff said.

It was long and it was hard for a number of reasons and let’s just say the quality of care wasn’t up to par.

To be fair there were things out of the control of the hospital like the fact that my port is blocked and cannot be accessed for blood draws. And the doctor I was supposed to consult with was out with food poisoning. Communication was lacking and I still have not consulted with any doctor on the treatment I am to receive on Wednesday. I did consult with a very nice tech, though.

And I have not had my MRI because the doctor was out and she has to read my other scan before I can have the MRI. So that has been added to my list on Wednesday.

Okay. No more.

The good news? I can have the Good News.

I will take my Bible with me to the hospital and can even probably have my cell phone and laptop (video chats, yay!) provided they wrap them in saran wrap. I am thankful. So very thankful. After I use books I can put them in a bag outside for a couple weeks and they will decontaminate, so I will take my old Bible with me. And it makes me so thankful that I live in country where I own multiple Bibles. I’m not having to soak in every word of it because I am going to or living in some foreign country where I could get harmed or worse to even own a Bible.

After today I feel like the psalmist who said he had cried until his tears dried up, and I am under intense spiritual attack. I am convinced that Satan knows my heart and my longing is to go into this isolation and commune with God and pray for others. The last thing Satan wants is for me to pray, and he is seeking to destroy. I felt a lot of his fiery darts as I walked through this short dark day.

But, although my armor is dented and my body is injured, I am still weakly wielding the shield of faith and I will carry with me the sword of truth. I will go forward. I have no other way to go. And I will walk in the strength of the full armor of God for this battle that I face.

I just wish this little soldier could stand by my side.

9 responses to “The Good News About A Bad Day”

  1. I know this certain University you speak of. My Henry is a patient there for his hearing problems. Fortunately for us, the doctors there have been great–even fantastic– (with the exception of Mr. High and Mighty–he wouldn’t even walk all the way into the room when he consulted us…he stood in the doorway, with his hand on the door knob, and told us Henry should have an ABR, which we already knew. Thanks.)

    I hope things go better on Wednesday. There is nothing worse than being in your position, and then having those guys treat you that way.

    I’m so glad you can have your electronics and your Good News! That makes is almost tolerable, right?

    Good luck…still thinking of you, and praying for your strength and peace.


  2. Dear Angie,
    I read your blog several times a week (often through tears!) and pray for you and your family regularly. You have been on my heart for the past year and a half and I consider it a privilege to learn from and pray for you, my sister in Christ.

    Recently I’ve found myself returning to a certain passage of Scripture in Mark 9. The father of the boy with an unclean spirit says to Jesus, “‘if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us’. And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” What an honest cry – as believers we trust and hope in Christ, yet our faith in ever wavering! But God, the One who changes our hearts and gives us the gift of faith will help us in our struggles against unbelief.

    Angie, my prayer for you as you enter into this time of isolation is that God will strengthen your faith and help you know His steadfast love and a peace that surpasses all understanding. And I will be praying for Brian and your sweet little kiddos as they await your return!
    Love in Christ,


  3. Dearest Ang,
    So sorry to hear of your “bad” experience at this hospital 😦 I had my share a good and bad experiences (thank God more good than bad) at this same hospital! I’m so thankful and happy that you are able to have your laptop, celly, Bible, and books with you the next few days! Praise God. My prayers are continually with you dear friend!

    Lots of love and hugs your way,


  4. Christina Rogers Avatar
    Christina Rogers

    I know what you mean about THE UNIVERSITY, even though I graduated from there I ashamed at the quality of service I received while I was a patient there.

    While in the recovery room after my surgery at this hospital, I was ignored until I shouted up a storm. Make yourself known and you are fine.
    After I had the bad experience an angel came to me and helped me and I had the nicest nurse ever. So a bad experience became good (well relatively speaking) kind of like yours. After meeting this nurse I sang the doxology over and over thanking God for this man who was so good to me.
    Wishing you the best,


  5. My precious adopted daughter in the Lord,

    His word is a light to your path and a lamp to your feet and you are steadily walking in that light. What a walk, walking in newness of life in the midst of a storm and He exalts Himself in you and you in Him.

    May His grace, mercy and peace be multiplied to in fullest measure and also to your precious husband.

    In Him we can rest in the finished work of Christ.

    Love to you,


  6. Lots of prayers going up for you Angie!


  7. Continuing to pray for you and for the days ahead.


  8. I am sorry you had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And I am thankful that you can hang on to your saran-wrapped connections to this world and the world beyond. I pray that will help you feel less isolated while you’re in, well, isolation.

    May God be very, very close to you while you are away from your family and loved ones.


  9. Just got my silly internet going in the place I am staying! I am praying for you in these obstacles! It is really good news that you get to have your lap top, Bible, etc…..Keep us posted!


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