MANILA, Philippines - After a brief hospital confinement last weekend, my daughter and I came out of the hospital, exhausted but thankful.
Our family had weathered another storm and we had become all stronger because of it.
When we arrived home, the book ?Mom?s A Stewardess? was waiting on my work desk. Written by Angelica Bautista Viloria, former vice-president of the Philippine Rating Services Corporation and now wife, mother, teacher and consultant, the book is a small tome of stories that are certain to inspire and warm the heart of every parent?new or old.
The premise of the book is that a mother?s work is never done or as the subtitle reads ?why there is no vacation from your vocation.? Angel relates her everyday experiences as a mother in a simple manner that every parent can relate to. Woven into each story is the way by which God has worked in her life, and that of her husband and family?s.
In the story ?Between Kawasaki and the Deep Red Sea,? Angel talks about their family?s experience when her then two-year-old was afflicted with Kawasaki disease. She shares three lessons that her family had learned from the experience which she says they continue to be thankful for up to this very day. Having just come from a hospital confinement with an ill child, I could very well relate to her insights and thought it would be good to share them with you here.
Lesson Number One. Even in difficult times, we will always find things to be thankful for: enough material resources for good medical care and treatment; doctors who not only give their time and skill but who also strengthen us spiritually. It is true that even when a situation is not welcome, some good will result from it. It?s always very difficult to have a sick child, and becomes even more challenging when there is just you with no spouse to depend on.
Lesson Number Two. Difficult times lead us to pray more and we lead other people to pray too. Angel says she does not remember how many times she texted friends regarding Ali?s condition and asked them to continue praying. ?Sometimes, I think the event was designed to really get all these different people, in different places, under different circumstances, to pray.?
Lesson Number Three. When frustrated, just let God. Angel says that during two or three occasions during their stay in the hospital she was so exhausted from waiting for things to get better. ?Tired from seemingly unanswered prayers, but in all these cases, I was literally forced to just say, ?Bahala Ka na.?? It was letting go and letting God take care of things. And every time she did so, things always improved. ?It was as if God was teaching me to just rely on Him. For a control freak like me, it is difficult not to know what to do or what to expect. But during those days, I did realize that I am not in control. No one is. That is solely God?s area.?
I like to say that as a mom, or as a parent, we are often running on His grace alone. The last couple of weeks were pretty trying times for me as a parent with a husband based overseas. There were issues to deal with both here and where the husband is currently based. Add to that problems with household help and a sick child in a hospital. As I write this, I look back and I continue to be in awe of how God?s grace propped me up during the most difficult and trying times. If there is one lesson I have learned time and time again, as a parent, and a wife, it is that His timing is always perfect and His provisions are always sufficient and He never fails to deliver.
In that same story, Angel talks about a book entitled ?The Red Sea Rules? by Robert J. Morgan. She says that the book kept her company and strengthened her throughout Ali?s entire stay at the hospital. ?Throughout that Kawasaki episode, I realized, as it said on the book?s cover that ?the same God Who led you in will lead you out.? That is, if you let Him.
As parents, we all have our own Red Seas, and when we go through those times, we only need to pray ?Lord, you brought me to this, I trust and I know that you will see me through this as well.? And believe me, He really does.
?My Mom?s A Stewardess? is available at National Bookstore and Powerbooks.
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