Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One Year Ago

There are circumstances in our lives that change us. It is those times when we have a major decision to make and either choice is life changing. One year ago today that happened to us and as a result of the journey, today we are different people. As a reminder of the fragile state of our lives, last night we ended up back in the hospital because Josh had a nose bleed that wouldn't stop. All of the fears and "what if's" came rushing back through our minds as we stood in the hall way waiting to have his blood drawn.

For the most part, Josh has been healthy for the last few months. We that God regularly for his health and continued remission. Each month of being cancer free gives us more hope that he won't relapse, but when we see the dark circles around his eyes or hear him complain of being tired, we begin to wonder if our journey is about to take another turn.

One year ago today, June 18, 2011, we took him in to see Dr. Turner because he had been having nose bleeds and was feeling tired. An hour or so later we were back in Dr. Turners office being told that an oncologist was ready to see him in Amarillo and we needed to leave right away and take him in through the emergency room.

In life when we experience challenges that seem insurmountable, after walking through them we can look back and see how God provided for us. Today, as we look back we see the miracle that God did in Josh, we see how He showed us His faithfulness in the midst of a terrible situation and we choose to remember that as difficult as it was, today we can see how God is faithful.

Joshua 3 tells the story of when the Israelites were crossing the Jordan river after wandering in the desert for 40 years. They were instructed to pick up rocks as they crossed the river to remind their children that God had performed a miracle to get them across into the Promised Land.

July 18, will be my pile of rocks to remind my children and grandchildren that God was faithful to us in our time of need.

Tomorrow, Sarah and I leave for a missions trip to Ecuador. Keep us in your prayers and we will report back when we return.

And Josh's blood test, it was normal. Another reminder that God is in control.