Random Thoughts…

Mark had a doctor appointment yesterday, so we had to run to Canandaigua. In a world in which doctoring has become an “industry” as opposed to a “profession”, it really is wonderful to visit with our doctor.  This of Medicine Woman!

The doctor told us a story about a patient who came in one day with his daughter, who had an ear infection.  The doctor, in looking at the father, discerned that he might be sick.  He was sent to another doctor for a specific procedure, who then sent him to a surgeon who discovered he had cancer.  Although this (young) man’s outlook is grim, the doctor told us she had done something totally against all of her medical training….she had gone with her intuition.

As the doctor told us this story, I felt compelled to tell her about that still small voice with which God so often speaks.  When we seem to know something that doesn’t make sense, or even comes out of the blue,  I believe God is telling us something that we need to know.  All we need to do is listen!

We shared more things that were on our minds and the doctor told us a story that revolutionized her professor’s life. The man, teaching a class of interns, asked if they could improve a patient’s outcome, with a treatment that cost nothing, but had positive results, would they do it?  The entire class answered affirmatively.

The professor went on to explain his experiment he had carried out.  He scientifically and methodically chose patients who were in the ICU.  He had a group of people who would pray for certain patients.  The praying people did not know who they were praying for, nor their conditions.  No one knew any of this, except for the Atheist  man conducting the test.

When the results were in, the man came to a firm belief in God.  The dramatic outcomes of the group of patients who were prayed for was startling. Yes, there were patients who passed away in the group being prayed for, but there were also some turn of events that had no logical explanation.

I love hearing stories like this and I think we could have gone on and on!  We and the doctor talked for a long time and at one point, she said she loves when we come in, as she feels like she has gotten a “warm hug” and, she said, she doesn’t get those often in her line of business!

One other thing that was awesome was when she asked how we could see this world and not believe in God!  I then told her about how Mark had made that same comment to an eye doctor years ago as he looked at a diagram of the human eye and the doctor responded that he did not believe in God.  It turns out our doctor goes to that same eye doctor, and in going through some difficult times, the eye doctor told our doctor he was getting some counseling from his pastor!

We have all heard the expression “God works in mysterious ways” and we cannot deny that.  What we say or do today can have a profound outcome on another’s life, wittingly or unwittingly!

After our visit with the doctor, we stopped by the new True Value Hardware store in Canandaigua,  We are so happy to have this new store, as hardware stores seem to have become a thing of the past!  But, what was even better was the fact that as I went into this store, I was amazed at the amount of goods made in the USA! Like many others, I have become so unhappy with the number of items at stores with tiny stickers on them, reading “Made in China”.

I had originally gone into the store to buy a new hummingbird feeder.  I had a large one for many years, but it finally broke.  I wanted a very small feeder, as we really don’t get many hummingbirds at our feeders.  If the sugar water sits in the sun too long, it will actually grow mold.  I constantly am changing out the mix so this doesn’t happen. Instead of throwing out a huge amount of food, I would rather have a small feeder and have to make up batches more frequently.

Looking around the store, I found an 8 ounce feeder that is US made.  The price was $9.99 and Mark looked online and discovered that was a good price.  He also found a coupon for a purchase over $25.00.  I browsed back to the seasonal aisles, as I had seen some flip flops that had caught my eye.

Although these flip flops are not as “cushy” as Crocs, they are made of a lightweight material.  Their price is $19.99, which is a good bit cheaper than Crocs as well.  Not *only* that, but these Sloggers are US made! I wore them all afternoon yesterday and I really like them!  I am flip flops all summer long….I get so uncomfortable in the heat of summer and wearing a regular shoe is out of the question!

I took my two items to the register.  The girl there told me if I signed up for a rewards card, I would get $5.00 off my next purchase.  I bought the feeder, then bought the flip flops separately, saving $5.00.   Wow, i am so impressed!  I like this store!

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, kicking off the summer season.  We plan to hang around the house and open the pool and do some odd jobs at the house.  We do want to go camping next week, too.

Michelle has completed her year at Rochester Institute of Technology! It seems to have gone by so fast!  She did well, maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  At the end, she was stressed out.  The school, set up in “quarters” as opposed to “semesters” , is intense and students either love it or leave and go elsewhere.  The quarters are intense and requirements are high.

Michelle has to work a total of two quarters (20 weeks) to complete her requirements for graduation at RIT.  She decided to apply to three different companies….she was offered a job at all three.  In talking with us, she is thinking she will take this summer off and relax and then possibly work at least one quarter next fall.  We have assured her she needn’t hurry, as she could graduate at age 20, two years sooner than more people!

Well, the sun is shining and I think I will enjoy a bit of it!  It has been so overcast the past couple of days!