One of those days before I went to the hospital, I was on the phone with my friend, Margaret. I was telling her that I couldn't make it. I just couldn't do it again — go to the hospital, sit awhile and then leave at the nurses' shift change.
I began to cry at the overwhelming task in front of me. That's when Margaret told me I didn't have to see myself to the end of the NICU day. She asked if I could make it through the next hour?
One hour? Sure, I could make it just one hour. With all the driving that would only be about fifteen minutes! She suggested I try making it two hours — sure, I could do two hours! Shoot, I could make it to the shift change if I just took it one hour at a time! I was so happy to just go for four hours that I felt wonderful!
I jumped in the car and went to care for my preemie. When the shift change rolled around, I was amazed it had come so quickly! I had made it! Since I had done it that day, I knew I could do it again!
Now, whenever tough situations come up, I try not to see it all the way to the end. I try to see only a little ways ahead.
- Can I forgive that person for the next hour?
- Can I put that sin away for today?
- Can I make it until supper without yelling at my children?
- Can I pray for five minutes?
What about it? Can you make it just one hour! I bet, with His help, you can even make it till the "shift change"!