Growth - we wanted to learn. Dick and Ruth Foth agreed to meet with us once a year. Our commitment was 5 years....which has continued for 21 years!
This year's time will be unforgetable. Ruth is a quiet, strong, deep, Godly woman. Dick is the teacher, the story teller, the traveller.
We spend this time together sharing, talking, praying - which we were doing on Tuesday morning. Ruth "leaned in" to look me in the eye and share the following....
"Dear Child, God does not say today, 'Be strong.'
He knows your strength is spent; He knows how long
The road has been, how weary you have grown.
For He who walked the earthly roads alone,
Each bogging lowland, and each rugged hill.
Can understand, and so He says, "Be still,
And know that I Am God. The hour is late
And you must rest awhile, and you must wait
Until life's empty reservoirs fill up
As slow rain fills an empty upturned cup.
Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill.
He only asks today that you be still."
~Grace Noll Crowell
She shared this poem with strong eye contact with me that reached into my heart. Very clear. Very from her heart. Very much from heaven. That fact that she rarely voluntarily shares out loud was unique in itself, but....the Presence of God was so incredibly strong. Hard to adequately express this. After she finished the last word, she leaned back and went into cardiac arrest.
Amazingly fast response from the Estes Park emergency crew. Amazing medical teams. AMAZING GOD. Today the question of brain damage from when she coded for a few moments is answered. This morning she has woken up and is responding to complex commands. She still has a road of recuping ahead of her. But......wow......
For the last few days - during the waiting - "He only asks today that you be still" - has been repeated many times.
And again today I will hear and respond to His desire for me/us to be still.....