Revisiting: The Story Continues

I've had a few inquiries from newer readers about my "story."  I think that this devotional - and the Rest Ministry devotional link - tell the major part of my husband's story - which is inseparably intertwined with my own. 

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Today's devotional is a continuation of the devotional "The Monster Might Be Back, but God Is Still Here" that was published by Rest Ministries a few days ago.  If you have not read it, you might want to read it here before you read today's devotional.

steve and deni dancing

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me and heard my cry.  He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise out God;  Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.  Psalm 10: 1-3

My husband and I sit in the doctor's office, waiting to hear the results of the past weeks tests.  The doctor walks in, greets us kindly, and sits down.  

"The cancer is back.  We know that for sure.  We need more blood work. I'm going to order it STAT.  We need to see how quickly it is progressing."  

Suddenly, I am sitting in the exam room alone waiting.  I turn on my "uplifting" playlist on the phone and listen to the music. In a few minutes, my husband is back.  We sit facing each other.

"It's back," he says quietly.

I nod - not knowing quite what to say.  I am thinking of the devotional I had written about the possibility of the cancer having returned.  

I look at my phone and say, "Can I read something to you?"

He nods and I find the devotion on the Rest Ministry site.  I rarely let family read things I have written about them.  I'm not sure why.

As I begin to read, he knows who wrote it - and why.  I see tears in his eyes.  As I get to the end of it, there is silence for a moment.  The next song on my 20+ playlist starts to play.

Of course.

"It is well, with my soul ..." 

I now have tears in my eyes as I listen.

"Well, get through this," he says looking me directly in the eye.  "It's the same as before ... no matter what happens, we'll be ok. Either way .... it's ok."

I think back to his baptism four years ago.  Weeks before his first stem cell transplant he had expressed that same sentiment.  No matter what happened - God would take care of him - and our family.

His confidence is inspiring.  I know he is scared.  I'm scared.

But underneath it all is that overwhelming assurance ....

It is well with our souls.

It always will be.

Father God, Thank you.  Simply, thank you.              Amen

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