In light of what our family has walked through this last week, I know I am not the only one who needs to be reminded to Trust His Love, so I am reposting this post from just weeks after my sister (in-law) was diagnosed with a very aggressive leukemia.
I chopped potatoes for our Thursday dinner willing my phone to make a sound. My trembling hand slipped around on the knife’s handle and my breath felt like it was running away from me. As I tossed potatoes onto a cookie sheet, Mark was sitting in his parents’ living room. Our brother-in-law had called and asked that Mark & his parents meet he and his sister there following the afternoon oncology appointment we had all been counting down to the previous three days.
We had been praying, despite the frightening bloodwork results on Monday, that it was a fluke. A strange reactions–a genetic mutation–an infection. Anything else, Lord. Not leukemia. Please. Please not leukemia. On Thursday, through many tears, in their parents’ living room, Mark’s older sister reported the doctor had confirmed all of our fears–leukemia.
Late the next night–another call, acute leukemia. Chemo, hospitalization, pack the bags, kiss baby girl goodbye for today.
Here we are, two weeks later. My dear sister is daily choosing to believe and declare who God is despite pain, discouragement, frustration, and so many unanswered questions. She has a mighty community of prayer warriors, and God has already shown himself faithful.
But, she is weary, I hear it in her voice. I see it in her precious smile. There are more questions right now than answers, and if it makes me feel stuck; so, I cannot imagine her feelings. And I cried out to God, again, when we learned chemo alone won’t be enough. I told Him I was angry, told him I felt trapped & unable to help in any real way.
I want her suffering to stop. I want to call out, Okay! Enough! My love for her makes me want to carry part of her burden. I want to do something, anything to lift some of her heaviness.
To my dismay, God, graciously, reminded me that I am helpless in the face of leukemia. I am unable to carry any of her burden, but I know someone who can.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
So, if I believe He is the only one capable of carrying the ache of suffering, then the only reasonable response is to commit my dear sister to His care.
Let me be clear, since that uncomfortable blood work on Monday, my intercession for her has not ceased. But, in the last few days, have I realized I will also be without rest, in my spirit, if I don’t choose to trust Our Father’s love for my sister. As I relish in the way He has loved me, as I review His faithfulness to me, I am able to start releasing this one I love deeply to His care and trust that it is the safest place for her.
And, if I trust His love for her, I trust that though He may not deliver her out of the suffering today, He will supply her with all the fullness of His own presence, joy, & peace. He will give to her himself.
Our world is broken, suffering, or still healing from having suffered. Can I encourage your soul this morning? Keep interceding over your people who are hurting, but trust His love for them and let Him do the carrying.
*My dear sister is currently in ICU in critical condition due to complications; since you’ve taken the time to read this as we cry out to God to do what man is incapable of doing?*