2010 Wow Rewind (2) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power, and welcome back to the 2010 WOW Rewind. This WOW is often taken out of context, so let’s get our coffee and go settle in so I can explain it a bit.

This was for July of 2010, and the scripture came from Romans 8:28.  In doing this review, I didn’t realize that I had two months back to back out of the book of Romans. I’m sure there’s some relevance in that. Anyway, it says: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to (put your name in here) those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

So let’s start from the beginning. “All” means “all.” So does that mean that all the ugly that’s happened in my life can be worked together into something not so bad, not so ugly? It’s a hard concept to fathom, but let me see if I can clear the mud for you 🙂  He is the only one who can take our mistakes of the past and use them to positively affect our present and shape a future that will be so beautifully wrapped in His glory. Let me give you a real-life scenario that looks painfully ugly right now. We’ll call this Vickie T’s story.

So Vickie is in her 30s, seriously beautiful, has just recently lost a grip of weight because she’s incorporated healthy eating habits, consistent exercise and a running regimen into her life. I never thought of her as big to begin with, but seeing her now, she’s half the size she was when I had her in a Bible study I was leading a couple of years ago. Anyway, she’s happily married and has two adorable little boys. She lives in a nice house in Yucaipa, has a great part-time job working for the church and leads a very simple and happy life. Sounds like a pretty picture, huh? Come a little closer.

Just a few weeks ago, Vickie went in for her yearly girly checkup. Her Ob/GYN is thorough because of her past medical history. See, twenty years ago, Vickie was diagnosed with and overcame thyroid cancer. In the midst of this examination, her Ob/GYN felt a lump on the left side of her throat and immediately honed in on it. She asked Vickie if and when she had felt the lump. I can just imagine the fear that caused the aftershock that ran through Vickie’s veins as the doctor’s hands felt the lump. Vickie was stunned. “I – I didn’t,” she stammered.

Her doctor immediately set the wheels in motion for a biopsy, just about a week later. At this point Vickie reached out to many of us and we began praying, especially considering her testimony of recovery from her last bout of cancer more than twenty years ago. I don’t know what would be worse: walking on pins and needles, literally, while waiting for your life sentence, or walking through fire. She was supposed to hear that following Friday, but she didn’t. In fact, it wasn’t until, I believe, the Monday after that that she got the news that the cancer was definitely back.

The next test was done to determine if it had gone anywhere else and the result from that came back real quick. The news hit her like a freight train. The cancer had spread to at least five of the lymph nodes. The battle is on. My BFF called to give me the news just last Sunday night. She’s known her since high school, and she was devastated as she revealed the news to me. The next morning I called Janine and asked if she would call Vickie to see if it would be okay for us to come over and pray with and for her. The permission was granted immediately and so Friday, before leaving for Mom’s memorial, Janine and I headed over to Vickie’s.

She opened the door and as I looked at her, I marveled inwardly: she looks her same strong and beautiful self, but I could see the fear in her eyes. We walked into her family room and she got her boys settled in their room and then she brought us up to date with the facts and details. I’m not going to lie, and she wouldn’t want me to anyway; she expressed moments of incredible strength, and then a wave of painful and vulnerable reality would wash over her and her eyes would fill up and she would sob with fear and anger, too. I was so blessed to share with her at just that moment something He had given me for her not once but twice in my petitions of prayer on her behalf over the previous days: “All things . . .”

All three of us began to cry as the word “all” registered into our hearts and minds. I grabbed her heart with my eyes and held her gaze. “That means this, too, Vickie. He’s going to use this for things that we can’t even imagine and He says ‘you’re strong enough to go through it.’” She nodded her head up and down in agreement and she began to share some things that have happened since this nightmare began a couple of weeks ago. I reminded her of the importance of journaling the journey so she would have the reminder of how God’s hands carried her in this season. His hands would be His people encouraging her, or hands that spoke through His word, and ultimately His hands are sovereign.

Janine reminded us of the writer within Vickie, and I looked at her and smiled. “Do you realize you are going to have one heck of a story to share when this is all done?” Vickie smiled her answer. Suddenly, she let go of another big sob and managed to get out her deepest fears: “I just want to watch my boys grow up.”

At that moment I took her into my arms and Janine came over to where we were and joined us in a group hug and we held her there for moments. I didn’t placate her and tell her things I’m unsure of. Vickie is one that prefers truth and reality. Her sobs and loud plea had just confirmed that. The truth is it is a possibility that she won’t. Does that mean I don’t believe in His healing for her life? Absodarnlutely not! I actually believe that He’s going to be doing all kinds of things with this season and use her greatly in others’ lives. Will He heal her before the fire, meaning the intense treatment and isolation that she will have to undergo? Or will it be while in the fire of treatment? Or will it be on the other side?

We don’t know because we can’t see. That’s where faith comes in because faith is based on things that we cannot see. This current mountain in her life is definitely a faith-builder and the twists and turns are unknown. Will you join me in praying God’s will for her life; that she is strengthened and encouraged in ways that she knows that she knows that she knows that Abba is with her, working ALL things together for her good.

Love,

Evinda

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2 Responses to “2010 Wow Rewind (2) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Yes, I am praying for an awesome display of God’s unexplainable healing power for “Vickie”. So many have experienced His Amazing Grace, I personally know of some of those. No-thing is impossible for OUR GOD. Christ used the very Word of God to crush the evil one and with Jesus stripes we ARE healed! I claim those very healing stripes for “Vickie” it is our right in Christ. So give the devil your BEST RIGHT HOOK–Kaboom, he’s down and out! AMEN AND AMEN!

  2. Vickie says:

    My heart is so overwhelmed and is overflowing with the joy of knowing that I have been blessed with the most amazing sister in Christ! I thank you for sharing my story and it is my sincere prayer that through it, all will see the amazing fingerprints of God and His righteous power to overcome the darkness that comes to all of us at some point in our lives. To Him be the Glory no matter what or how He chooses to finish my story. I am in total surrender for the perfect plan He has for me and I trust Him whole-heartedly. Many thanks again my dear friend for this incredible blessing you have gifted me with!!
    Much love,
    V