This morning as we are preparing to pick up 70 year old Beverley here in Fargo, North Dakota we awake to an overcast blustery day. Currently it is about 50 degrees but they are predicting the temps to fall quickly as the winds pick up and the threat of snow with blizzard like conditions move in over the next few hours.
Now at Beverley’s bedside she is sitting up in bed eating her breakfast. She is doing quite well feeding herself since her stroke a month ago. The stroke affected her right side leaving her unable to move her arm and leg on that side. It also has affected her ability to speak the words she has formed in her brain. Her hair is thick, blond and shoulder length and growing in nicely on the left side of her head where it had been shaved for surgery.
Her husband sits quietly at her bedside with few words to say. She is originally from Florida and he from North Dakota. They winter in the south and she comes up with him for about a month in the summer.
She had made the trip to North Dakota in August and then suffered from a stroke in September. She has a son and daughter in Florida and she wants to get back home for her rehabilitation.
Once we have her on the stretcher her husband hands me a small pumpkin that has been signed by grandchildren and asked us to please take it with us. We arrive back at the airport and in just the short amount of time we have been gone the weather has declined a lot.
The temperature has dropped significantly and the winds are now gusting heavily. They are predicting the winds to be above 60 mph before much longer. In order to shield Bev from the weather as much as possible we place her onto Nellie. We all quickly get in ourselves and close the door. We paused as Hal prayed over Bev before taking his place in the pilot’s seat.
Once we got off the ground and above the clouds the sun was shining and the skies were blue. Our flight time will be a little long today and include a fuel stop. After getting Bev comfortable she fell asleep and slept until we stopped to refuel.
While on the ground I called her son Jim to let him know where we were and when to expect us. He and his wife Tonya were flight following us and said they would meet us at the facility in Florida when we arrive. Turns out they live only 3 miles from there so this will be very convenient.
The second leg was shorter than the first and at last we had arrived at our destination. Sure enough as promised, Jim and Tonya are in the room waiting. Immediately after we placed Bev into bed she smiled. I know she was happy to see her family and to be in a more comfortable bed.
I handed over the small pumpkin to Jim and asked him to place it where his mom could see it. Jim and Tonya joined us as we prayed and Bev even managed to say “amen.” We hugged them as we left and they thanked Grace on Wings for allowing them to get their mom home.
1 PETER 1 24-25
FOR, “ALL THE PEOPLE ARE LIKE GRASS, AND ALL THIER GLORY IS LIKE THE FLOWERS OF THE FIELD; THE GRASS WITHERS AND FLOWERS FALL, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.”
Thank you to Hal and Jason for sharing this mission with me.