Singing in the Rain - Day 20

It’s raining outside, but I hear a bird singing.

It’s a funny thing really. It has been a dreary and wet day, and the rain is coming down constantly, but there is a bird outside just chirping and singing away like it is a beautiful spring day.

If it can be raining outside, and miserable, and yet a bird without a roof or walls, or any food in the pantry can be singing and praising the Lord in her own way, how much more should we be singing and praising the Lord no matter what might be happening around us.

So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
- Matthew 10:31 (NET)


When it Rains...
I just got a phone call from my wife. She had taken our youngest, Josiah (21 months), to the doctor, and she was driving the family minivan home. She explained that the minivan started bucking and running rough, and that the check engine light started blinking.

Now, I may not be a certified engine mechanic, but I know that a blinking check engine light means something is really wrong. I am not sure what is wrong, but I know that something is really wrong. We had this issue a while back, but it seemed to be isolated, now it has come back, so it looks like I will need to get it addressed ASAP.

I am drawing my day to a close early today so I can go home to address the minivan. There are still many things that need to be done; messages to be written and recorded, emails and phone calls to be sent, and CDs to be worked on, but I feel called to attend to my household today.

This is a busy week, and without my wife’s car it would be a practically impossible and crazy week.

Update: It looks like I was able to make an initial attempt at repairing the minivan that only cost $45. We will see if that corrects the issue over the next few days.

Josiah’s Health
The doctor diagnosed Josiah with asthma today. Many of you might recall that on February 7th we had to take him to the emergency room because he was having trouble breathing. At that time he was not having asthma issues, but instead was having a bad case of croup.

The other two boys had similar type diagnoses when they were younger, and Joshua has largely grown out of his major issues. But when the other two boys were younger, I was still working for a company with good health insurance, and we were able to get reasonably priced medications. Now our private insurance has terrible prescription prices for the medication he will need.

Fortunately the Lord has been gracious enough to allow us a doctor’s office that is understanding of our situation. They have given us some samples on his initial round of medicines, and we have a prescription for his long term medication, Xopenex. The last couple of times we have tried to get this medication it was pretty expensive for us, but we have been given a couple of possible sources as recommendations in the past.

When the fig tree does not bud,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
when the olive trees do not produce,
and the fields yield no crops;
when the sheep disappear from the pen,
and there are no cattle in the stalls,
I will rejoice because of the LORD;
I will be happy because of the God who delivers me.
- Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NET)


Prayer
Pray that I can diagnose and repair the minivan quickly and affordably. Update: It looks like I was able to make an initial attempt at repairing the minivan that only cost $45. We will see if that corrects the issue over the next few days.

Pray that Josiah’s health improves, and that we can get him his necessary medications affordably.

Continue to pray for my work at SONlight and our important board meeting on Tuesday at 7pm.