Every time I go through a carwash I have a little panic attack. I was in the one at the one on the corner one day. I was getting "The Works". It sprayed that blue soap on my car (You can't see out after it covers your windows). Then those big spinning brushes started moving, starting at the front and moving to the back. I had this strange feeling that the car was moving forward. I pushed harder on the brake, but the more I pushed the more it felt like it was moving. I was about ready to jump out of the car (blue soap all over me, smell like car deodorant, and have those brushes wapp me in the face) and I thought I better check some other things. The car was in Park, brake was on, speedometer said zero….. I better wait, trust things I know are true. Then the rinse…. I looked out the window and I was still in the same place, I hadn't moved an inch. Crisis averted!
I remember when I was a little kid, 3 or 4, I would lie in bed trying to go to sleep and hear Thump-thump ….. Thump-thump …. Thump-thump…. I always thought it was some kind of monster coming to get me. (I was hearing my own heartbeat, I just didn't know what it was… You see what a big deal this was, I still remember it 60 years later) So I had a checklist I ran through to be sure everything was OK. First I looked to see if my brother was in the bed beside me, then I looked for the little night light, then I listened for my father's snore, and finally listened for the monster. It was gone, everything was OK, everything was where it was supposed to be. I went back to sleep.
God's like that: Sometimes you get in a spot where you panic or you just don't know what's going on. You don't know what to do. God gives us a checklist, a list of promises that are always true no matter how you feel. You can run through them and know that everything is OK, God's got you covered. Every time you see one, try to memorize it…. They always go "If you do this….I will do this" or even better "I will do this…" (You don't have to do anything). Here's your checklist:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow.
I have come that you may have life, and have it to the fullest.
I need some excitement. Maybe I'll go get my car washed.
How about saving a kid's life!!
When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.
Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.
Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).
Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.
Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.