The other day someone asked if I was ready for the Stem Cell Transplant process. Having never gone through such an intensive procedure, I am hardly the expert to ask! However, the Lord has provided Linda and I with outstanding doctors and they believe I am ready.
The scripture shows us how God prepares his children for challenges. In the book of Job, He shows us a man who is blessed with all the earthly trimmings; however the bible describes him simply as a man who fears God. The Lord had prepared Job with the right relationship with Himself, that even when Satan attacked, Job did not blame God or lose faith. What has always impressed me about Job’s story is that God brought Job to Satan's attention. The Lord had prepared Job and knew he was ready for anything that Satan could muster.I believe it is the same way with me. God has been preparing me for many years to handle every aspect of this cancer. From the first diagnosis, to a long hospital stay, to the ongoing pain, to an invasive Stem Cell Transplant. He has me ready.
In my case He has provided me with otherwise good health, a relatively young age (Myeloma patients usually are in their 60's-70's before being diagnosed), early diagnosis before significant widespread bone damage or fracture had occurred, a wonderfully supportive family and body of believers, His Word, a home, insurance coverage, a loving and talented wife/caregiver, etc. The list goes on and on. He also has been with us every step of the way, aligning events as only He could.He has prepared me for this challenge and as such I am looking forward to it. Yes, I would prefer not to have cancer, but since I do, I know that the Lord has prepared me for it and is walking with me through it…I’M READY. I look forward to long term remission, free from chemo and cancer, and this is the path to get there.
Last night one of my barbers (Nick) pulled out the clippers and we put a #1 blade guard on.
Sorry….I probably should have warned you…I had Nick cut it really short. I will be losing my hair and wanted to prepare my grand kids to recognize me with no locks…..They are great medicine for me and I did not want them to be uncomfortable with how I might look.
Am I ready? Yes! Let’s get going! I believe the Lord has me prepared.
Thank you to all the wonderful prayer warriors that have been lifting Linda and I up in preparation for this procedure. We cannot even begin to express how appreciative we are for each of you. The encouragement that we receive from just knowing you are praying for us is wonderful. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
P.S. Linda will post specific prayer requests as Thursday approaches.