Results came in yesterday morning that my COVID test was negative. Relieved is an understatement. No, I did not have symptoms, but there was still that concern, what if? And, of course, there was God, saying "what if?, so what, I got YOU!" Then I start explaining that I have an endoscopy and biopsy tomorrow, and that I have work next week and need to keep things moving...then I'm reminded that He knows all this. He knows my worries. He knows my anxiety. He knows all the answers. I have to just wait until He reveals them as I need to know them. One piece of the puzzle at a time. One day at a time.
What did I do after praying and thanking Him for those negative results? Grabbed my vaccinated Debbie Upper and headed to some tranquility - Everglades, my runaway, close-to-home place. We stopped at Robert Is Here for milkshakes - key lime/strawberry is my absolute favorite!
We avoided people by going on the Gumbo Limbo Trail instead of walking the Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm. I walked this trail once years ago. It was so real, and so pretty. We were rewarded towards the end of the trail with a beautiful pond and a massive alligator! He was HUGE! Definitely king of his domain! Then we drove down to Mahogany Hammock, Debbie had never been on this one, and it is one of my favorite walks. The trick is, you have to go when the mosquitos are low, otherwise, it's a nightmare. Nailed it. Yesterday was the perfect day. 77 degrees, no mosquitos, and this walk did not disappoint. It's all about the fauna. Big mahogany trees, oak trees, air plants and orchids, signs of life everywhere you look!
We then went to Nine Mile Pond. This is my most favorite picnic spot. The first time I went there was with my grandma and Meghan when Meghan was 1. We have made so many memories at this spot. Canoed there for Meg's 11th birthday. Had a gator come up under the picnic table when Alex was a baby. Anyway, I digress. We had a cuban sandwich from Robert Is Here, some tortilla chips, and guacamole, and made a picnic. It was such a beautiful day. Relaxing. Rejuvenating. My spirit is full!
Grateful for my sister-in-law, grateful for nature and a National Park around the corner, grateful for the peace God bestowed on me, grateful for the prayers and love of my people.
Now what? Well, I wait. Sometime today, between 3-5, I will receive a call to tell me what time my procedure will be tomorrow. Yep, I have to wait until this afternoon. Steve has to wait for any appointments he has. Because he's my driver (I will be anaesthetized). Going to do some house stuff, maybe watch a movie. Gotta keep my mind off of the process. God's got this. God's got me.
I'll talk to you on the other side of tomorrow. Be blessed and be a blessing.