So much of life is waiting! How this drives me crazy, I am the worst at waiting. I would rather take side roads when driving and keep moving than sit on the highway in traffic. Often these side streets do not go where I am going and simply give me the impression of progress but really are dead ends. With the advent of GPS I am thankful for that voice that says, “do a u turn as soon as possible.” In October, 2009 we went to Los Angeles to have surgery to remove the cancer. The answer was “no” and was one of the most difficult days in this battle because the cancer had spread microscopically to my lymph nodes in the media sternum. That was a day when I was desperate for God. He alone carried us through that day with a strong word, “delayed but not denied.”
The doctors said “no” but Jesus said “wait.”
The next day we had the joy of driving to a Housing Development in Los Angeles and praying with drug dealers who were signaling us how much the drugs cost. I remember clearly, as we prayed with these 8 to 10 drug dealers, asking them to pray for my healing and that by God’s grace we would return to them to begin the ministry of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders in Los Angeles. After much prayer and counsel of all of our doctors, the Lord has opened the door for us to return to Los Angeles to have surgery to remove a wedge from my lung where the cancer began and the lymph nodes from our media sternum. The scan we had last week was completely clear of cancer. This means that the cancer, if it still there, is so small that it doesn’t show on the P.E.T. scan. We are not shrinking back and are believing God for His glory that we are healed, but that we must take this step of faith to remove the site where the cancer began. This is a God sized miracle that He has opened a door for us. Equally as miraculous is that we will be going to the same Housing Development on Monday before our surgery on Feb. 1st. to tell these brothers their prayers have been answered and we are now seeking how we can work with them in our ministry. The Lord has led a dear brother in Christ to fly to Los Angeles just to walk with us in the inner city and seek how God may plant our work there.
God’s timing is perfect. I rejoice when the Apostle Paul sought to go to Asia, that the Holy Spirit said “no”, only to say “yes” in God’s timing for His glory. We are expectant of all that God has planned and are thankful that “they that wait (expect in God) upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” We are believing, as I turn 50 on Feb. 3rd., that we will be cancer free and planting a seed of hope in the hearts of men and women in the inner city of Los Angeles. What an awesome God we serve, whose timing is perfect. Remember, we are often prepared, through waiting, for a greater purpose in God’s kingdom.