Lori and I quickly went to our knees and thanked the Lord for His provision. Paul’s words to the Philippians in chapter 4, verses 6-7 rang true in our hearts:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Honestly, what we went through pales in comparison to what you endure every day. That said, we continued to cling to that verse. I was so quick to want to take control and take action—that’s my nature. What I have learned, many times the hard way, is to go to prayer and wait upon the Lord.
In December of last year, this verse once again took up a prominent place in our hearts and prayer life. After months of deciphering an abnormal blood test, I received a fateful call on Christmas Eve. The caring pathologist who did not want me to go through Christmas without knowing the results of my bone marrow biopsy pronounced that I was only one in a million to be diagnosed with a rare blood cancer: Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia. I once again heard His voice saying, “Rest easy, I’ve got this!” I’m doing well and the prognosis is good, but suffice it to say we clung heavily to Paul’s soothing words. We were also drawn to Matthew’s words in 6:27 and Isaiah’s words in 40:31:
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
To say we live in an uncertain world is a gross understatement. Life in general is complicated. Life in the military is extremely difficult and challenging and carries with it an increasing amount of angst with the operations tempo, separations, threats to life and limb, and the increasing challenges from within our own nation. Through it all we can take great comfort in knowing that our Lord and Savior has already achieved the victory for us—He has won! We are called to wait upon Him rather than worrying!
I again want to thank you for your faithful support of OCF, for your prayers, and for your perseverance as you face uncertainty with grace, courage, steadfastness, and a deep desire to serve Him. May you be filled with His peace, forgoing worry for the unsurpassed knowledge that comes through a deep understanding of His will for your lives. May you grow in your faith as you wait upon the Lord!