It is now been just over four months since we began this journey with a brain tumor. The road God has led us on has taken us through mountains and valleys, sections of clear straight highway and down uncertain narrow footpaths.
Through it all, God has walked with us, giving us joy and strength, comfort and peace. When Jesus walks with us, then we can be free not to worry about what may lie ahead or the dangers that may be to our right of left, but instead we simply must listen to His voice as He leads us forward step by step. Throughout the Bible, we see God present with His people. His presence with us has meant that we never have to walk this road alone.
One of God’s primary provisions for us, and evidence of his presence with us, has been the community found in other followers of Christ, especially in our church family. At some of the most difficult points over the past four months, God has guided His people to encourage us exactly when we need it most and directed others to pray for us in ways we did not even know we needed. In real tangible ways His people have come alongside us though providing meals, caring for our children, and countless other acts of kindness. We are so blessed to be a part of the body of Christ. In our culture we are told to always project strength and to trust the power of the individual. We could not have made it this far in our own strength or on our own without the support of others. Thank you for the role that each of you have had in our lives over the past several months.
We do not know what tomorrow may bring, but as best we can tell we are not at the middle or near the end of this journey with a brain tumor. Unless God intervenes in some miraculous way, we are still very much at the beginning of the journey. Our neurosurgeon described the infection that lead to the second surgery as a bump in the road. This bump includes months of antibiotic treatment and a third surgery to replace the portion of the skull they had to remove. All of this is in addition to monitoring for any growth or return of the tumor. Pray that God would completely remove both the infection and the tumor and restore me to health. If He chooses not to do this, pray that Christ would continue to provide us with his presence and strength. Either way, we will step forward in faith, trusting Christ to use this for our good and for His glory.