At 8:00, Steve's caregiver took him out to walk a bit and wait for the bus, but it didn't come. Hmmm. So I called the daycare and no one answered. Well, now it made sense. The bus wasn't going to pick up riders with no destination! A different kind of day was to be in the offing. God had a plan, as He always does. In Isaiah 46:9b-10 our God says of Himself,
For I am God, and there is no
I am God, and there is none like
Declaring the end from the
And from ancient times things
that are not yet done,
Saying, "My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure."
I tend to think of the practical realities, like helping Steve to be constructively and happily busy, which can be a challenge. But God's pleasure for me today was pleasure itself! Even though I thoroughly enjoy my business, it certainly can't be called "vacation." So the two of us swept away spider webs, watered our new grass, and then he sat down to enjoy some television.
The urge came from the Holy Spirit to get out a couple of Bibles, a Strong's concordance and commentaries and make some background notes for II Samuel, which Bible study I begin teaching on June 7th. Delving into the Word, studying the factual background and spiritual meaning of some of the book's major concepts, and interspersing personal-response questions for my women--now that's sheer fun for me! In the meantime, I'd called our friends Bob and Debbie. Since he had today off as an employee of the State of California's Bureau of Auto Repair, it made a perfect time for a visit. Bob had already planned to stop by to see Steve from time to time, but both of them were coming. (Along with an extra quart of corn chowder from Mimi's restaurant that a waitress had given them unbidden).