Our friend Steve called me yesterday from ICU in the hospital. He had a brain biopsy done on Tuesday. I
had anxiously been awaiting his call. He informed me that the results of the biopsy weren’t good, and that he’s in the advanced stages of cancer.
My heart sunk. As I tried to fight back the tears, God gave me the words to say, “Steve, God’s still in charge here.” He went on saying he’s not afraid to die, but what he’s dealing with is hard for him. I couldn’t agree with him more…that would be incredibly hard to deal with…knowing your time is limited on this earth…unless God has different plans. Life would be lived from a different perspective, wouldn’t it? We’d treat people, especially our loved ones differently, wouldn’t we? We would get less caught up in the unimportant, wouldn’t we?
Steve mentioned on the phone on Saturday something like, “Julie, you know the scripture that says ‘love your neighbor as yourself?’ Well, I cannot think of one person I don’t like or that I’m upset with.” I told him how great that was and that’s the way it should be for all of us. Steve is an amazing person…
I asked him yesterday what I could do for him, or if there is anything I can bring him. He asked me to bring him a Bible…one that was easy to understand! I was so excited! I will be purchasing a Bible for him today and taking it to him…with pleasure. I hope to be able to sit by his bedside and read scripture to him…nothing would bring me more joy!
As I was tucking Zach into bed last night, he said, “I sure hope Steve doesn’t die.” I agreed with him. We prayed for Steve and I reminded Zach that God is still in charge. We don’t know what plans God has for Steve the next few days and weeks, but we can love him, cherish him and spend as much time with him as possible…that’s our plan.
It’s comforting to know, no matter what’s going on in our lives, God is still in charge!
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