Thursday, December 11, 2008

Arrived safely

Chelsea and I arrived in TO safely. We took the train. We were seated in a first class car - wonderful! Furthermore, we got the cool 4 seater both thingy, with a table. It was just Chelsea, myself and a wonderful girl from Montreal who chatted with us the entire ride.

Hey cool-girl-from-Montreal, great talking with you! You're a great talker - you should go to school for psych or something ;) (she's getting her PHD in psych). All the best.

I spent some time updating the blog so read through for all the details. Also got to start playing Zelda for Nintendo DS while Chelsea played Brain Age. Lots of fun. Train's are the way to go.

We're in room 2402, Sutton Place Hotel. We have a studio apartment until the 23rd. On the 23rd, we're upgrading to a one bedroom apartment so we can have family/friends here for Christmas. We plan on leaving Toronto on the 29th.

As awesome as the train ride was, it was a little bumpy at times. Not a very smooth ride. I'm thinkin' it might not be the best mode of transportation for post-op Josh. We're thinking we might need someone to come grab us from Toronto - preferably in a large vehicle as we have a butt load of stuff and I need some serious leg room.


So here I am. In Toronto. Here in Toronto... to see a movie? Hang out with friends? No. I'm donating half my liver. Its here... I'm in Toronto.

I... I seriously can NOT... I can't believe this is happening.

I can't believe the same Josh that hasn't been to a hospital EVER - who never see's his family doctor - who's afraid of everything medical - is voluntarily placing himself on an operating table.

I can't believe this is happening.

It's not a negative comment. I'm not saying it like, "What the heck am I doing... I need to bail!" I'm just saying it.

I was reflecting on everything last night. Two thoughts came to my head that I feel will really get my through the next few days.

A) God always goes before me in anything I do. He's prepared the way for me and will see me through.

B) I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me. (Philipians 4:13)

Though God has been so faithful in encouraging me, I welcome any more Biblical encouragement right about now.


The Bortots said...

Road trip on the 29th? In my parents van? We'll be there :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Josh, I found this from an on line devotional yesterday and I loved it, thought you might appreciate it's message too so I have pasted it here for you. We are always praying for all of you and thanks again for keeping us all updated. Lisa


The word still is the Hebrew word raphah,(raw-feh); a prim root ; to slacken, fail l(be) faint, be (wax) feeble, abate ,forsake, idle. (be) weak, cease.

slacken-lacking diligence, to become less energetic, not under any tension.
abate- to reduce, to do away with, to grow less.
feeble-lacking in energy or strength, weak lacking in character or intelligence, lacking in effectiveness, unclear.

So in other words the scripture might read ...Be weak and know that I am God,or Be strengthless and know that I am God, So here the Lord is saying it is ok to be weak why? because in 2 cor.12:9 it says "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power (1411)- dunamis) -(inherent power) capable)of Christ may rest upon me,therefore I take pleasure in infirmities , in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I am weak then I am strong.Jesus wants his bride to be WEAK!!! So that His power his capabilities can shine through us , so that He gets ALL the glory!! That is why His ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts!!,
Spiritual serenity, the psalmist admits, ought to be cultivated in spite of the shaking mountains and agitated waters (vv. 2-3; i.e., figures for the difficulties we face in life). This spiritual calm, that God commands, does not come from a lack of troubles; it derives from a steady, deep reflection on the ways God has intervened in history on behalf of his people (cf. Romans 15:4).

So as your world crumbles around you, the call from Scripture is: don’t flinch in faith in God. Stand still—not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, not because “you’ve seen it all.” Be still because of what you know about God.

It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.” Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is your God. He is the ruler of kingdoms of this earth and the all-powerful Creator of the Universe.

If you are the last man or woman standing, be still. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change” (Psalm 46:1-2a).

Josh Bloomfield said...

Bortots - road trip sounds AMAZING. Thank you so much! May God protect you from Q-Tips and Bums.

Lisa - So appropriate! That's exactly the kind of spiritual meat I need right now. Thank you so much! Thank your husband and your kids as well for their prayer and support.