It had been a long time: eleven years. It had been eleven years since Jodie almost died.
Consider eleven years. ISIS arose to prominence and to have many of its heads cut off. Ossama was executed and buried at sea. Barak Obama served as president between Bush and Trump. Countless stars fell from their orbits passing into eternity … some at their own hands, others of natural causes.
Jodie finished high school, worked on a guest ranch, dated a few guys, became beautiful, began a career at her dad’s place, and had a profound impact for Christ on many young people passing through her home, her church, and her life.
And I could almost forget. Forget the doctor’s warning quietly to Greg and Mitz that should Jodie live to age 12, she would have exceeded almost all expectations.
I could almost forget that each sibling and every pet, not to speak of mom and dad arose in the nights at some prodding, to find her cratering at the onslaught of brittle diabetes.
When life is too horrible, when countries fall down insanely seizing and killing any within them, when children enter life addicted to opiates, and other news drones on during CNN; I tend to move on from Jodie, who could simply slip away in a night.
I prayed for her Thursday night before bed, but did not call Mitz and Greg because, I tend to move on from all the hard and frightening things because I cannot hold them all before me all the time, all night, much less all day.
I hate things I cannot fight in this world. I pray for them, against them, and I feel frustrated that they remind me I don’t have an answer for everything. I don’t have a solution for everything. And Jodie or I could either one slip into the night tonight.
So I rely on a bit of forgetfulness. I rely on a lot of faith to move on, to move forward. And I must remember, what an astonishing gift every day for Jodie since age 12 has been. Every hour. Every minute. And see? I seem to have as hard a time holding all that wonder before me all the time as all the unanswerable, frightening things.
So I hold a smaller number of things before me than I pray for in the morning, and make my way through my day with forgetfulness, and faith, and Hope. All gifts from One with a hole in His hand, as if He knew how few things I can hold in my attention all day and get anything done.