we know in part…

we were back at my parents’ farm this past weekend. and on a stroll around the acreage i went inside one of the barns to snap some shots of details that have not really changed since i lived there as a walking man. a lot of years ago.

from the center of the barn i looked toward this door, where the afternoon sun was washing the west wall of the barn, but barely finding its way through the cracks. not a lot of light, but just enough to draw my sight in its direction.

the way the weekend played out, this photo now speaks to me as a reminder of the nature of life here on earth. i need to be reminded often that i am an eternal person. that we are eternal people. it is all too easy to slip into the trance of thinking that this life is the heaven part of the equation, when in reality, this is simply earth. the part of the journey much like the dark or dimly lit center of this barn. there is enough light most days to keep us moving in the right direction, but not always enough light to dispel the confusion. the disorientation that occurs when life takes different turns than we expect or welcome.

while we were all gathered around the breakfast bar waiting to share brunch and some family time on sunday morning, our son Jon went rigid and fell to the floor and had a seizure. it seemingly came out of nowhere. we spent the next several hours at the emergency room; tests there were negative as to cause. so although he seems back to normal at this point, there are a great deal of questions for us about it all. like the dark center of the barn, looking toward the rays of light coming through the door. there is faith, but there is also confusion. disorientation. fear.

we have appointments in the neurology department at mayo clinic on friday, and are hoping, praying for some kind of explanation, some kind of reason, and then of course, that something can be done… we would appreciate your prayers as well.

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” [from 1 corinthians 13]


~ by fourfeetsixinches on September 28, 2011.

16 Responses to “we know in part…”

  1. Oh, Scottie, how you have grown. There are prayers in IL and TX going up for John, and the beauty in your thoughts and words surely touch the Heart of God.

    Love and prayers for you and Mary too. Strange that I found your wedding picture today.

  2. I’ll be praying.

  3. Dear Scott, continuing to pray for alll of you and the whole situation. On Monday I was reminded in a devotional that God knows what He is doing because God is God. When you cannot trace his hand, trust his heart! May you all know His peace in the midst of the trials. Love to you all…

  4. Scott & Mary–

    You got it! I have added you all and John to my prayer rock, which sits on my desk by the computer. I won’t forget….

  5. Scott, Scott, Scott,

    Woa and boy howdy. As much as I like your way with words, this was indeed disurbing. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family. Life has a way of getting in the way of other plans aye? Sometimes ( and you know I hate this) there are no answers, hoping this was a one off for Jon, never to happen again.
    Will talk soon.

  6. Scott….prayers going up your way! Brian (Brent and LeAnne’s only son) went through a similar situation in his teen years, and now at 20 something….nothing. I so hope that for you. Contact Le if you want more details. Your posts are so moving, and you have such a wonderful perspective on those parts of live that happen and we can’t control. I can imagine how your parents felt when you had your accident. Hopefully, this is “incidental” or very treatable. My heart goes out to you and Mar. Keep us posted, K?

  7. So many times life just hasn’t made sense, like now. Thank you for being real for us. Your friends to the end. dcs

    • Shaffe, we’ve been through some seemingly senseless things over the years. Over time, things have come to light though, and he has been faithful in ways that we never imagined. am grateful to have you as a fellow journeyman.

  8. Will be praying for you all, esp. Jon. Will be waiting to hear & hope the results of tests are good.
    Much Love

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