2016 is HERE!! It’s been here for 12 days!
As these past few days have flown by already, I’ve spent time reflecting on just how blessed I am and not to take one day for granted.
I’ve seen families have to deal with issues that I would wish no one to go through.
I’ve seen families have to say good bye to love ones who fought the long and hard battle with cancer.
I’ve seen families see their children fall ill.
The world around us is in chaos. Our country is slipping away.
One thing I know is that I serve a God who is above all this. Though we may not understand all the WHYS.. we can rest assured that in the end all will work out.
Now, I’ve also see God do some big MIRACLES this year as well.
In December 2014 while visiting my mother in law in Flordia for Christmas, we found out that she had stage 4 cancer. At that time, it was still unclear the source of the cancer, but at that point it had already spread to two other places. She had lost so much weight as well and was having a hard time eating. After a few months of testing and getting a final diagnosis, they started treating her for Kidney Cancer. At this point it was just to give her more time here as she was given less than a year to live. Her first chemo treatment was tough and she ended up in the hospital. They had given her the toughest treatment possible. They decided to lower the dose so the 2nd treatment would be a little easier to cope. The part of the story I haven’t told you so far is my mother in law’s reaction to the news of cancer. She had this determination about her that this was not the God’s plan for her life and if it be so that cancer would take her life, she would be taking as many people with her as well… This started her ministry of witnessing to everyone. She told everyone she ran into, friends and strangers, that God is going to heal me and then would begin to share more about God and lead many to salvation. People around the world started to pray for her.
After her 2nd chemo treatment, they went in to do the normal test to see how the cancer is after 2 rounds of chemo. The test did not come back with good news. In fact, the tumor has grown. The next option was to have the kidney removed. More test were ordered to maker sure her other kidney healthy and that she could manage with one kidney. So after getting these intense test done, she received a call from her doctor that the cancer is no longer there. There was no sign of cancer on her kidney. She asked about the other parts that it had spread to, which were on her shoulder and head. They did more test and they all came back with “Cancer Free”.
One day, devastated with bad new that the cancer had grown to the following week to the news that you are cancer free is only something that God can do! So, my mother in law continued on witnessing to everyone she could find to share of the miracle God just did in her life. She would go on to share that God wants to do the same in your life as well. She just turned 80 this past November and wow, what an awesome miracle!
With this, I have to remind myself that I’m viewing things(life) through my mere human eyes that can only see a mere fraction of the big picture. I don’t have the best perspective at all if relying on my own strength. I have to draw on the one who is greater than I and that is Jesus. As I take each step I trust Jesus to guide and direct me. As I take each step, I release all control and hand it to the one who has perfect vision for my life.
So what will this year look like? I have NO IDEA. All I know that my year is in the hands of God. He will help me through the obstacles of life.