Desiring Life

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Deciphering the Huh? Moments

Driving home from work, Sam’s mind wandered to his to-do list. He was still unpacking suitcases from a recent trip. He had a huge two-week project for work that loomed over him. On top of that, his wife was amidst a job search. There was a lot to do. His cell phone rang. It was his brother-in-law. “A house nearby is going up for sale. It could be a great deal. Do you want to come give it a look?” Sam pondered this, knowing he and his wife had no desire to move. But it wouldn’t hurt to go look. The house was nice enough, but way out of his price range. Before Sam could say no, the house sold to someone else. Oh well, no worries. A month later, Sam got word that the house was again for sale. The burden of deciding returned. Sam and his wife determined a price that would allow them to even consider the house. He called the owner, and her price was still too high. The burden lifted. Two days later, the owner called and said she would lower the price. Amazed, Sam wondered if God was the one continually bringing this house before them. He decided to pray about it. Twenty seconds into the prayer, the phone rang again. The price had dropped $40,000 to exactly the price that Sam had set. The contract was drawn up 26 hours later.

Four days passed and Sam went to visit his doctor. The doctor informed him he needed to go into emergency surgery in two days. Shock. Then, fear and anxiety. Needles, knives, and blood flashed through his mind. There was the possibility of cancer. What a horrible word. Yesterday morning, after the nurses checked his vitals, Sam kissed his wife goodbye and was wheeled down the hall to an operating room. All the feelings welled up into tears he held back from the audience of nurses. He was soon under the anesthetic. Upon being wheeled back into his room hours later, he received the toughest news of all. Cancer. A curable form, but cancer nonetheless. Chemotherapy lay ahead.

Sam laid in the dark with his wife last night. Life had just taken an extraordinary turn. It was the phenomenon of the both comic and tragic “huh?” moment that brought them together. What was going on? What in the world was the Author up to? So much to deal with in a three week span. I know the story well. Too well. I am Sam.


Written for Sunday Scribblings


8 responses to “Deciphering the Huh? Moments

  1. samwisegmge July 27, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    an interesting turn your your story. not sure the name sam…perhaps like me its a name you were given to help you understand your place in the larger Story. i believe the words written by Sam’s storyteller…jrr…may apply to you too…sam is “…a creature of stone and steel, which neither weariness, nor despair, nor endless, barren miles could subdue…

    at least that is my prayer for you my friend.

    blessings, t

  2. whypaisley July 28, 2007 at 3:34 am

    how excellent that you shared this with us… i do so love the true things we are privy to… and sharing makes it better i think…

    somethings are inexplainable.. and i think you touched on two of them here…. but such is the fabric of life… we can fashion it into a kilt or some trousers,,, but the fabric remains just that….the fabric…..

  3. Marc July 28, 2007 at 3:51 am

    “Sam lay in the dark with his wife last night.” A poignant picture of oneness, Luke, at this confusing time. One flesh, two lives bound together in Him. I am prayiing for you both, my friend.

  4. Paris Parfait July 28, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    A very poignant piece – well done.

  5. gautami July 28, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Just keep faith in yourself and think positive. That will help. It always does. In the darkest of hours, we see light.

  6. Michelle July 28, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Wow that is the most amazing thing I have read in a long time.

  7. Paul July 29, 2007 at 4:03 am

    I’m not sure what to say. It was so moving. Being in God’s hands doesn’t spare us from life’s hard qustions.

  8. Gill July 29, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Someone once said to me that understanding God’s plans for our life is like trying to explain to an ant that the world is round… You’ll be in my prayers.

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