This marks the day when grace and mercy took over our lives…….
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
1 Kings 8:28
Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.
15 years ago today, I took our oldest son to the doctor praying to not hear the words that we feared. Our son had researched the symptoms that he had and basically self diagnosed himself. But of course, for a momma………… I was not about to accept this diagnosis until I heard from a professional. And regretfully we did that day hear…….. “Yes, you have cancer!”. The rest of that day was very emotional, I remember initially making a few phone calls as we wait for the final blood work and then………….I don’t remember a thing! The next morning we arose to a series of tests, more appts and surgery (within a 3 days span) and then heading to Indiana for treatment determination, chemo treatments and ultimately ended with another surgery the following January in Indiana.
That dreaded day lead us through a journey of craziness. Way too much to write about in this post but it also lead us to where we are now. And honestly………….. I don’t know that our now would look like it does if we hadn’t heard those words that day. I know that sounds crazy but without all those experiences that we’ve had in the last 15 years, we may not have realized how much God really does love us. When I look at my family today, I see God’s Grace and Mercy all over it.
So I say to you…………. today may be hard but if you let God in, tomorrow you’ll see Him working.
Lord, Thank you for loving us. I pray for those in this world that do not know you. I pray for those that know you but have not yet allowed you to be the deciding factor in their lives. I stand amazed every day! Amen!