So much has happened in the last few days. Some friends of ours were, unbeknownst to us, calling around San Diego to set up a Valentine’s Day date for us. As God would have it, they called Jeseca’s favorite hotel in San Diego, the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, and ended up speaking with the general manager of the hotel, who proceeded to comp us a Saturday night stay in a suite that overlooked the ocean. An $800 suite! Thank you, Mr. Ullman, and thank you God! It was cool.
We also learned that my aunt and uncle got us San Diego Zoo passes for the year, which came just days after Jes and I discussed how great it would be to have passes again. Again, thanks God!
And last night Jes and I did a short spot for RockTV about what we are going through, how God has been faithful, and about our involvement in the Rock’s marriage ministry. I hope we represented God appropriately. The spot focused mainly on Jeseca’s fight against cancer and God’s role in our lives; just another part of her story that we hope will reach more people for Christ.
Miles has been talking recently about how, as Christians, we are called to use our gifts and talents for His glory. We need to strive to use them well, not waste or bury them as the third servant did in the parable of the talents. It fits right in with what I’ve been reading for the past year. Beginning with the daily devotional Jes got me for Christmas in 2005, followed by Waking the Dead and Life Wide Open, God has been showing me that He cares deeply about what we do here on Earth, what I do, and that He has given me (and Jes) abilities that others don’t have.
What I meant is that God has given us extraordinary talents. I have friends who don’t know what they want to do in life; they don’t have anything in their lives that would kill them if they had to give it up. Jes and I do. And we are doing all we can, even in the midst of this struggle, to use those talents to their fullest potential.
One more thing I want to share. When we returned from La Jolla two nights ago, Jeseca was really tired. In fact, she still is. The symptoms are getting harder to deal with and take their toll. That night we talked about it. She’s tired of being sick, and I don’t blame her. So after I prayed for her and she went to sleep, I silently cried out to God for help in understanding what He is going to do. Is she going to die, or is God going to heal her? What I see just doesn’t match up with what we believe we have heard from God! So I closed my eyes and waited…….
I felt the urge to try to open up to the book of John, and in doing so, opened directly to Luke 4 and 5. The very first thing I read was the heading for the section, “Jesus Heals Many.” Next was the story about Jesus rebuking the fever of Peter’s mother-in-law; then how Jesus healed all who were brought to Him; then how Jesus called His first disciples; then how He healed the leper; then how He healed the paralytic. God was speaking to me, and the message was loud and clear. He will heal Jeseca.
I was blown away. I still am. I told Jeseca, too. At the very least it has given us more hope and faith that regardless what we see happening to her, there’s a light at the end of this tunnel. Praise God for that.