A New Perspective!

There were a few friends with the girls in the hospital room. I decided now was a good time to leave them and Ron and run home to shower and change out of the clothes I had been wearing the last few days.

It was late and dark as I headed away from the hospital.  Those of you that know me well know I have a thing for downtown areas.  After living in St. Louis for a few years I always wanted to live somewhere that had a beautiful downtown.  It is one of the things that make me love Jacksonville.  I love going downtown just to drive around and look at the buildings and I absolutely love seeing the lights of the city at night.

Our family had just been downtown the weekend before for the Christmas Tree Lighting and the fireworks at the Landing (a favorite tradition of ours if we are in town at Thanksgiving).

The trauma center that the girls had been rushed to after their accident was on the other side of the city, so my drive home included coming across the river on a different bridge than we normally cross.  As I rounded a corner on the interstate, I saw it.  My city all lit up.  My heart felt so full as I looked at the beauty of it.  I actually found myself slowing down so I could take it all in and since it wasn't my usual drive, it was a different view of the city.

 In an instant I was in the middle of a holy moment.  Tears started welling up in my eyes and I heard God speak into my spirit.  "You are going to see your world from a different perspective."  The rest of the drive home was filled with sweet communion with God.  I thanked Him for what He was doing in the girls’ lives and us as a family as I once again committed my heart to His plan for us.

It was almost a week later when I brought Erica home and had to run to the pharmacy to pick up her medicines.  I was surprised when I saw the line of people at the pharmacy.  As I joined the back of the line I felt no aggravation for the wait.  Instead my mind started to wonder what their stories were...

I wanted to reach out and hug the elderly lady right in front of me.  I wondered if she was picking up medicine for some illness or disease she was fighting or if she had a sick husband at home that she is caring for.  I wondered if she had people around her, as we did, helping her during this time.

My view was different and I felt it on every level.

And I prayed right there in that line...

'God, help me never forget!'

Help me never forget what I realized these past few weeks.  During my day when I had interacted with people and they were short with me.  Did they realize I had two daughters lying in hospital beds and I was on my way back to them?

When people in passing would smile and say, "Hi, how are you?"  I just smiled back knowing they had no idea what was going on in my life.

Or the person who honked their horn at Ron the day of the accident.  He got out of the line of traffic to pass cars as he drove in the emergency lane to get to the scene.  They had no idea where he was trying to get to in such a hurry.

As I've seen others these last few days, my view is different.

I know there is a story behind what I am seeing.

I'm seeing things from a different perspective...

It’s refreshing, it's heartbreaking and

it’s oh, so beautiful.

Happy New Year Perspective!


  • Darla

    I told you I felt the same way after the accident. I pray that I will be more caring and compassionate to those around me. You never know what people are going through. And so far so good except for when I’m in the car. I still have serious road rage issues. :)

  • Susan

    Thanks so much Pat! Hope you both are doing well. We are so appreciative for all the prayers!

  • Pat Sleepe

    Hello Susan
    Thanks so very much for your very moving story. We appreciate your perspective very much. We did want you and Ron to know we have been and will continue to pray for the complete recovery of the girls. You are a special part of our family. We love all of you greatly.

    Aunt Pat and Uncle Tom

  • Susan

    Yes, I remember that conversation! Believing for new perspective for your driving issues ;)

  • Kathleen McDaniel

    You and your husband are such a blessing and I just thank God for placing you all in our pathway. Wow, nobody but God could have orchestrated what has happened in the last few days….yes, it is truly a whole new perspective…..He sent you all to be used as His vessel to help another right on time….I too got a whole new perspective through all of this….the one that I thought was ready to surrender was not ready, and the one who I thought was not ready to surrender was ready…that is a whole new perspective for me….my expectations failed me again and this whole experience has truly right sized me again and given me a whole new perspective….I am so grateful that you heard His voice and have shared your experience…it gives us all something to think about and hopefully act upon as well.

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