It was a breezy March morning when we pulled into the parking lot of the surgical center where my husband, Jim, was scheduled for an endoscopy and colonoscopy. He had been complaining of difficulty swallowing for a month or so. The procedure went on for what seemed like forever. The doctor stepped into the room and said that they found a mass that looked suspicious. I felt a lump go into my throat. How was I going to tell him? How would I tell my girls in the lobby? At that very moment I knew that I couldn't do this alone. I needed God's help and strength.|
There are a few initial thoughts that go through your mind when you hear the big "C" word - cancer. First of all, is it treatable and how will we survive financially. Little did I know at the time, but God had a plan for both. All I needed to do was listen.
"I'm sorry. There is nothing we can do" are the words I remember hearing from the surgeon at Ohio State University Hospital after Jim's surgery on June 21st. The cancer had spread to his liver. Again, I felt that lump rising up in my throat. "He will never leave me nor forsake me" was the verse that ran in my mind that day as we sat there in the waiting room of the hospital.
A few weeks later, we heard of a cancer treatment available in Mexico that was all natural with few side effects. Jim had decided to have no more chemo and I supported his decision. This decision to go to Mexico was not easy but necessary. Again, I began to doubt God. Where would the money come from with us both being off work?
Within a few days, numerous donations started pouring in to help us. These wonderful blessings came from our family, friends and community. It was so humbling to see these people giving of their time and effort to help us. Donations from local churches, our fire department, and individuals gave us the support we needed to get to Mexico. It was not irony…it was God.
I then began to worry about my medical insurance. My vacation and sick leave were quickly diminishing and we couldn't go without medical coverage. Was it irony that my dear friends and coworkers donated enough time to cover my insurance premium? No…It was God.
On our second trip to Mexico, we found a small trailer to rent for 3 months. The day I called to let the landlord know that we would in fact be taking the trailer for $800 a month, a dear friend brought me a check in the amount of $700 and a retired coworker handed me a check for $100. That was also God.
Our friends, family, and coworkers sponsored several events to help raise money for Jim's cause. The Smithville Fire Department held a gospel sing, raffle, and hot dog sale. My coworkers held a dinner and auction. And my dear friend from Gilmer County held a Basket Bingo. I was overwhelmed by Gods blessings that were poured out through His people.
Not only did He bless us with monetary gifts, He has blessed us with wonderful praying friends and family. I know that there has been numerous prayers go up in Jim's name and we are ever so grateful.
He has blessed us with traveling mercies. We have now made 3 trips to Mexico. We also had several visitors to make the long trip to come and visit. Jim is in Mexico now but I know that he and our daughter Kayla will return home safe to me once again.
I sometimes wonder how people in our situation make it without the Lord. It is so comforting to know that God is there when I need him. He is so good!
Even though Jim's test results are not good now - we do know that he is still in control. He is the Great Physician, a Great Healer and a Comforter. We are blessed that Jim's symptoms are minimal, his pain is controlled and he is able to eat. We continue to pray that God will touch Jim's body and heal him. We have faith that "we can do all things through Christ, which strengthens us."
My selfish nature wants to keep him here with me and live forever but I have a wonderful hope in Christ Jesus that no matter what, we have a beautiful home waiting for us in heaven - a place were there will be no more tears, sorrow or sickness.
No matter what trials and heart aches you might be facing in this life, there is a hope in the Lord. The Bible says "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."(Romans 10:9)
This story is not to tell you of my sorrows, but of my joys. I have "a peace that passes all understanding." My hope for this article is that it touches someone's heart. Again, thank you all for your kindness and generosity. God is so good!