As most of you should know, my Dad went in for an MRI on July 9th, and the tumor (or whatever it really is) showed no change in size or anything. We found that to be quite frustrating, as we really hoped to finally get some answers. Still, we are also VERY thankful that there was no new growth! We do trust completely in God's timing and realize He has a purpose in all of this waiting. . . we just haven't completely figured out what that purpose is yet! :) His next scheduled MRI is four months away. He has still had no spasms since June 19th! That is one of the greatest reliefs. Now he's been getting tired very easily and yes, he still has his double vision among a few other "minor" things. All in all, though, things are going okay right now.
We've found that one of the greatest challenges in all of this is the waiting... who'd of thought it! ;) If it were up to us, we'd know exactly what was in Dad's brain and already be treating it, but apparently God has other plans! While we're not entirely sure as to what those plans are or what all they entail, we are grateful and praising God that he has it all under control. One of the greatest comforts is having the knowledge that He knows exactly every detail of our situation and He knows what is best for our family. And I believe He is doing and will do that very thing! Yes, the waiting can become exhausting and quite frustrating to say the least, but it's verses like this one that sustain us with the strength and hope to continue on: "And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised." (Hebrews 6:15) That's a simple verse, but there sure is a lot we can learn from it!
I know we all go through times in our life when we are forced to "wait". While each circumstance may be different, there is one truth that remains the same through them all: God has called us to "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Another thing: When the waiting is over and we've done our part we can be sure God will fulfill His promises to us, just like with His servant Abraham. Psalm 105:42"For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham." Psalm 145:13"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made." It's important that we wait patiently on the Lord. Now, I know that's a lot easier said than done, but it's still very true. The Lord has a purpose in all things and we are called to trust in Him alone.
I just want to encourage others and say that we serve a faithful God! I know that He is doing a mighty work in our family right now and I'm looking forward to the time we can see that work complete! But it's not completed yet and we must be faithful to do our part, just as He is faithful in doing His. So, whatever you may be going through right now, whatever you may be waiting on, I encourage you to do it. . . patiently. You will reap the benefits!
Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him...
Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Psalm 119:116 Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live......"
Galatians 3:29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE EARTH!