We watched a moment or two of the Academy Awards tonight…just enough to see Jennifer Hudson (hope that’s correct) win for her role in Dreamgirls. Her first words were, “…Look what God can do!” Cool. It’s really neat to see people in any walk of life who aren’t afraid or ashamed to tell people about how great God is. It’s inspiring.
The past week has seen a few bumps in the road. Last Sunday, our oldest son got sick with a fever that seemed never to go away. Days later, the fever was accompanied by a “barky” cough. He’s just getting over it, but he unfortunately gave it to his younger brother, his dad, and now his mom. I can’t complain, but that’s the last thing Jeseca needs. All we can do is laugh and go to God for mercy.
God has been so good to us through this trial. The road has been hard and filled with unexpected turns, but God has been at the wheel. It seems like so long ago when we were coming home from the ER. The threat was (and is) so real. And yet, just as it says in the Bible, his yoke is light. He takes up our burdens and gives us peace in return. Frankly, I can’t imagine going through such a trial as this without God. I don’t know how people can cope without His peace. He is so amazing.
Each night I listen to Jeseca’s heart beat as I embrace her in a hug. Her story is incredible: Her eye is bulging. The tumor in her liver has grown to nearly bowling ball size, making her look 4 months pregnant, and presses into her stomach and right lung. The activity in her chest still makes her cough. And there is still that little matter with the tumor in her throat. Yet I am brought to my knees in awe of Almighty God to hear her heart beat so perfectly.
Four months after we were married, Jeseca was in a car accident that should have killed her. Traveling about 50 mph in a newly purchased Nissan 300ZX (that was such a cool car), she was hit head-on by a drunk, off-duty fireman. The impact was so severe that it sent her car flying backward, in the air, 5 feet! The fireman was said to have been driving near 100 mph. But God was there in the car with her. She came away with bumps and bruises.
Now she battles cancer. But just as before, God has been here. He is here. And it appears it is His battle to fight. All we’re doing is enduring the process, day by day. Which is why I have to laugh about all of us getting sick. At least I’m not in Job’s shoes after all of the servants came to tell him the good news. JG