Today’s Devotional Tidbit – January 29, 2006
A Day in the Life of Jesus
Mark 1:21- 35
Work is hard sometimes, one may even say it is unbearable. We have a savior that can identify with us in so many ways. He was hungry. He was thirsty. He was angry. He was tempted. He had a pretty demanding job at times. His occupation of being “Savior of the World” led to his healing of many.
In our passage today, Jesus began teaching in the synagogue. He healed a man afterward. He then later healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law at her house. That evening, he wasn’t able to rest at the five o’clock whistle. He continued to work. For the whole town gathered at Peter’s house. He healed many more and drove out demons. We think sometimes that Jesus might not know how we feel after a hard day of work. Our bosses ask us to do the miraculous sometimes, but at least we don’t have to drive out demons. Okay, you can now insert a joke about your boss who may act like a demon on occasion. 🙂
I want all of us to see a parallel between the work of Jesus and our job duties. Early the next morning (Mark 1:35), Jesus got up and went to a solitary place to pray. Jesus prayed after his exhausting day of work. There are many other times when Jesus goes off to pray. Jesus needed time alone with his heavenly Father. We do too. We cannot successfully tackle our jobs alone, whether that job is a peanut butter sandwich inspector, traveling salesman, or 11th grade student. Many of us think we don’t need God’s help. Many of us refuse to take time out of our day to plead to God for help or to praise him for helping us through a tough day. I’ve been guilty of this. I vow to do better… will you also make this same vow?
I am concluding this devotional tidbit with some news from Scott and Heather Rutenkroger:
Thank you everyone for your prayers every week, and especially thank you to
the extra prayers from Joplin! They mean everything to us.
A little tidbit from an opinion expressed by C.S. Lewis, paraphrased:
regarding those things that are truly good that God wants for us, He
entrusts us with the power to make them happen or not through choosing to
pray to Him, or not. This is not all that unusual because in a similar
manner He entrusts many kinds of things physically into our hands that He
desires for us, such examples as shelter, food, and clothing. Not to say
that circumstances can’t intrude upon our best efforts, but if we choose to
not excercise the power He entrusted us to have to work to bring about
shelter, food, and clothing, then He’s not going to override our decision to
not have them. So, thank you for praying because it is just as real and
powerful as helping Clarissa to heal and grow with your own two hands.
As to how she has been doing, the week has been a roller coaster within
itself this time. She grew tremendously for the first four days reaching 3
lbs 3 oz, but hasn’t gained any the last three days. The doctor decided
today to increase her extra calories per feed to 30 cal/serving (plus
increased the extra oil yet again). So, she is now maxed out to the very
limit of what they can give her without increasing the volume of milk (which
they hold off on because of fluid in the lungs concerns).
As to her lungs, the doctors tried again to wean on Sunday but went at the
normal pace again (which is way too quick for Clarissa). She reacted badly
(yet again) and by Monday evening was back at the beginning, but this time
with a truly frightening blood gas of 90% CO2. Thankfully, she came back
from that and has had CO2 levels in the 50-60% range the rest of the week.
They’ve been weaning the last four days, but only a small amount each day.
She reacts well to these slow and small changes. She is still on the high
frequency oscillator with a MAP of 13.5 and amplitude of 33, which is an
improvement over last week. Her oxygen support has also been generally
reduced with her ranging between 25-50% oxygen.
The last primary issue deals with her eyes, specifically retinopathy of
prematurity. The blood vessels are not all growing outward like they should.
Some are growing into the retina which is unfortunately not all that
uncommon in preemies. If they grow into the retina far enough, then if they
shrink they will cause separation of the retina which is permanent blindness
in that eye. She had two eye exams this week. The first eye doctor said he
thought she was likely a “candidate” for laser eye surgery to kill the blood
vessels growing into the retina. The second eye exam was to make sure, since
the laser does irrevocably damage the parts of the retina it strikes. The
second eye doctor decided that she should be given another week to see how
We also had a “family meeting” with the current doctor and nurse today. He
said he learned his lesson regarding how quickly she can be weaned down. Now
if only we could convince the doctors of what should and should not be done
when they first come on duty… 🙂 She’ll have a new doctor on Monday, but
at least this time the doctor is a repeat from a prior 2 week rotation.
Still, the discussion was good, and we have now picked his brain regarding
his thoughts on when to go to the next step ventilator-wise,
growth-versus-fluid, steroids, eye surgery etc.
Till next week, shine bright and God bless,
Scott & Heather