Thank you LORD for your love and provision, for answering prayer always. You are with us and are for us. And this is irrespective of the outcome or the difficulty of the journey. Thank you all for your continued prayers and thoughts. God has answered your prayers.
We were on vacation last week when we got the great news of Theresa’s normal PET scan. It was good to be together to give God thanks, to rest and purge the stress of the past 6 months and to have a little more certainty to the months ahead. She received her Herceptin dose Tuesday and other than some nausea and a few days of fatigue, she has bounced back pretty well. She isn’t taking any daily medications, and is having more energy. Her hair is a little longer than mine, since I cut mine yesterday.
We ask for continued prayers and for wisdom. We now have to consider what further tests and procedures she needs to undergo. All tests are limited, their sensitivity in detecting something is based on the inherent limitations of that test. A PET scan will see a metabolically active clump of cells, but if the size is too small for detection, then it will miss it. All tests have a defined sensitivity. Even at a 89% sensitivity, there is room for error. So with this in mind, the question is, is there still some cancer cells still alive that will regrow, or are there cells that were resistant to the treatment and in time will regrow as well? This is why surgery, radiation, continued treatment with IV and oral medications are used – to hopefully find these cells that, 10 years or so, down the line will come back with a vengeance. This is a reality for all cancer, when you think it is cured, a decade later, there is a significant possibility of its return, but this time more resistant and aggressive. So to give Theresa the best chance possible, we have to consider the idea of surgery, lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation, and further medication treatment. There will be more studies to determine which way to go. We need wisdom to know if we are directed in this way. We don’t know the mind of God, so we don’t know how much our part we play with man’s wisdom. God’s miracle could include using these modalities as well. Our faith in Him is solid, but we need wisdom to know what part He wants us to play.
There are many things we place as idols in our lives. “An idol is anything that takes the place of God in our lives”, it is “the glorifying of man and the glorifying of self”. (Warren Wiersbe) This could be doubt, fear, human wisdom, focus on the world, anything. Psalms 115 talks on the characteristics of physical idols in contrast to God, but again this can be anything that replaces God. Incorporating Warren Wiersbe’s thoughts, V5-8 describes the characteristics of idols and to those to trust them. “They have mouths, but cannot speak”, but God can, He does, He communicates, He gives us his promises. “They have eyes, but they cannot see”, but God watches over man, nothing is hidden from God, He never sleeps, He gives protection. “They have ears, but they cannot hear”, God urges us to call upon Him, He gives us prayer to talk with Him, he listens intently. “they have noses, but they cannot smell”, while God smells the sweat savor of our praise. “They have hands, but they cannot feel”, while Gods fingers made the universe, He is strong and mighty, He stretches forth His hand for his people, He is all powerful. “They have feet, but cannot walk” – they have to be carried, it is a burden, while God goes with us in every situation (Matt 28:20; Isa 41:10; Ps 23:4), His presence surrounds us. “They cannot make a sound with their throat”, while God speaks to us, His Spirit moves us from within with a still soft voice. “Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them”, we will become like that we worship. If we put as preeminent, that which we focus on or hold dear, (such as human wisdom, our opinions, money, things, even fear that pushes itself into the preeminent position) then we will become like the god we worship, not alive. Our God is a very present help in trouble, none of His promises fail, His goodness and mercy follow us. He blesses those who fear Him, He has plans for us, he is mindful of us, never forgets us, always keeps His promises. He is worthy of our praise and the preeminent position in our hearts and minds. Charles Spurgeon wrote “He who is content with husks will be reckoned with the swine. Does the world satisfy you? Then you have your reward and portion in this life; make much of it, for you will know no other joy.” “Seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness” Matt 6:33
Thank you for your continued prayers. Our Father is an ever present help, engaged in this world with us, while directing our hearts and minds on that which is yet to come.