Friday, January 14, 2011
Good news outweighs the bad news...
Yesterday, we got the good news, Earl's cancer had not climbed significantly on the PSA rating.
Then the bad news, that a fellow pastor had succumbed to cancer.
Good news, this pastor loved His Savior a lot, and was always encouraging others to know Him.
Bad news, we received news of Earl's dear sister's husband's departure from this life.
Good news, his breathing was getting slower and when she whispered, "you can trust the Lord to take you home now", he squeezed her hand and in a few minutes breathed his last breath. He was 94.
I like the phrase, Corrie ten Boom continually reminded herself and others, "Jesus is Victor!" As I think of myself, and this cancer coming back, I sometimes wonder, "Could it really claim this earthly life of mine? or am I going to experience His healing?" I had a dream the other night. In it, Joel and I were swimming across a river, (it looked beautiful like our Buffalo River here in Arkansas) and as we got closer to the other side, the water was deeper and darker and suddenly a huge crocodile or something like it opened its jaws and came swimming toward us. We turned and began swimming quickly back to shore. It was gaining on us. Though it seemed I was swimming as hard as I could, my son said, "Give it all you got...swim harder!" (I'm glad we have a king-sized mattress, as I wonder if Earl would have been kicked out of bed by this time!) We swam harder and in my dream, I saw the crocodile turn back, and we swam safely to shore. Could that be a vision of the jaws of death being defeated this time, and it's not my time yet to get to the other shore? I am glad He's the One Who knows, and that I'm in HIS Hands! Remind me of this verse if sometime I'm "swimming harder" and needing His assurance. "In nothing be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6, 7 and that JESUS IS VICTOR!