The day started sunny and warm, yet as it went on it was apparent that the weather was in for a dramatic change. Slowly but steadily, the winds picked up and clouds started coming in, rapidly moving from southwest to northeast. By early afternoon, tornado watches were put in place all over the area and rain would begin to come into play, only lightly at first. I went outside and removed all objects that could be projectiles in a wind storm or tied them down and I filled up our chlorinated cattle tub so that water was available should the power go out. As I got ready to bring the horses in for their afternoon feeding, my cell phone rang. It was my wife, telling me that she had fainted and been found briefly unconscious on the floor by her desk at work and had been taken to the clinic for examination. She said she would be moved to Shands and UF Hospital and for me not to come to her until she called, for it would be a zoo over there. Besides, she wanted the animals taken care of first or she would never forgive me. I felt numb for a moment, but knowing her as I did, I took care of the critters and made arrangements with someone to pick up her truck. When all was finished, I tried to call her back but she wasn't receiving calls so I just waited, all the while watching the unfolding weather deteriorate.
Over the next few hours I thought of the worst as the mind often does, but we talked once and she told me they were running a lot of tests and she would not know until late evening whether she would be admitted or not. She made me promise I would stay home until the storm passed as she knows how I no longer like to drive at night in inclement weather and the warnings were still up. Unfortunately, the light at night cause glare in my eyes and driving is just not the joy that it was at night. It rained hard and several strong gusts came by, but by midnight, the real danger was past and then she called. She was being discharged in an hour and I told her I was on my way. Then, just as I was putting on some warmer clothes since the temperature was dropping, the power went out. So, I blindly searched around until finding a flashlight and finished getting ready and was out the door, leaving the howling house dogs wondering why they could not see in the total darkness. You know, it's funny when you go out in the rain on the farm on a night when not even the security light at the gate is on. The sensation of total darkness makes you realize just how blessed you are not to be blind.
Thank goodness the winds had died down, I said to myself as I drove the twenty-two miles to Gainesville. All the way there I thought about this beautiful woman and how much she means to me and I thought of every small argument we had from time to time over triviality and wished those sometimes moments had never happened. When I arrived at the hospital and found my wife, she was just sitting in a chair looking like normal, albeit showing herself exhausted. She hadn't eaten all day and was famished and was told food was okay, so we stopped at a great all night place for a bite to eat and then home. She asked me to just let her rest and she'd tell me all she knew in the morning.
Before drifting off to sleep, I said my prayers and thanked God for sending her home to me. And I lay there just thinking about how important she is to me. And while I make it a point every morning when I send her off to work to kiss here goodbye and tell her I love her, I knew that sometimes I can be cross and ornery and I will redouble my efforts to refrain in the future. In the morning, she told me they weren't sure what was going on, that all the tests they ran were negative, so she immediately scheduled an appointment for Tuesday with her doctor, an internal medicine specialist, as directed and I will accompany her to learn what needs to be done. Her doctor is excellent and I'm sure some more tests will be needed and we will follow her guidance. Whatever it is or isn't, we're going to find out and I will make sure that she does as she is told going forward. She's too important to me to not do so.
And that brings me to the end of this blog and the hidden blessing that the events provided and it's this. Life is short and we have no guarantees in this life for how long we have it. So, never take your wife, or any loved one, for granted for in an instant they can be taken away. The same goes for your riches and material "stuff." They really aren't ours, but just given to us for the time we are here, so use them accordingly. Enjoy the time you are together and love each other and put your faith in God to do His will, for whatever that is, it has it's purpose and if we understand the role He plays in our lives and accept it, we will ultimately be together in His Kingdom when this life is done. Like the great words from the hymn say, "When we all get together, what a day of rejoicing it will be." I'll be there and my wife will be there and all who believe in Him by faith will be there in victory. That's what we must live for and that's what it will do for us in the end. It will make it all worthwhile. Have a blessed day.