Made it back home to the kids around 5 this evening. We had a good experience with the Functional MRI at Emory. It was a lengthy and very detailed procedure that lasted almost two hours. They were very careful to get all the needed data, repeating several of the scans in order to make sure they got the best images possible. We now will continue to wait as all the data is compiled and analyzed. We are incredibly thankful for the medical care that we have the privilege to receive, but we do not put our trust in man genius but in God’s goodness. He continues to show us great grace in the midst of the journey He has placed before us.
In an email note to a friend this morning I was reminded of all that God has been teaching me during the last three weeks. This journey with a brain tumor has radically challenged me with my own frailness and mortality and as a result has brought great clarity to life.
For many years now, the passage in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 has served as life verses for me: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our iner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
These days I am constantly reminded of the urgency of eternity. This has led to three specific areas where I have been growing: 1. to cherish Christ above all else (even more than life itself); 2. to reject the lie of sin and the deceit of this world (this is not my home); 3. to see people as eternal beings to whom I must reflect God’s glory (this is the purpose of life). The adventure continues, may Christ sustain us to the end!