"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What Are We To Do?

My devotion just a few days ago so perfectly describes my experience at church last Sunday. It is based on Ephesians 3:18, which says "I pray that you...may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." Many times while singing praises to the Lord, I am "suddenly awash with the magnitude of His love for me". This is what brings me to joyous tears. I pray that each of you would experience the enormity of Christ's love for each of us.
I am now reading Dr. David Jeremiah's book "What in the World is Going On?" It is very fascinating! One chapter talks about the state of the world's oil supply and how it relates to us and our futures. It asks the question: what are we to do? ...in light of all that is happening in our world today.
For a Christian standpoint, Dr. Jeremiah says, we wait (upon the Lord), we work (at our appointed tasks), and we watch (for Christ's return). He quotes C.S. Lewis to say, "Life is short. The world is fragile. All of us are vulnerable, but we are here because this is our calling. Our lives are rooted not only in time, but also in eternity, and the life of learning, humbly offered to God, is its own reward."
This is so talking about where Al & I are today. The world around us seems to be crumbling and changing. But God is exhorting us to just wait for the next phase of His plan to be put into action for our lives, work where He has placed us until such time as He moves us elsewhere, and keep an eye out for the signs that He is ready to return for us.
So far, this book is very good. It relates biblical prophecy to events going on in the world today. It has a lot of very interesting things to say.
If you have read this book already, let me know what your thoughts are.
Al and I spent all day at Baylor yesterday. First the oncologist. Al's bloodwork seems about normal. He has no red or white blood cells. Normal ranges for males in WBC are 4.5 to 11.0, but Al's numbers are 2.3. Normal ranges for males in RBC are 4.5 to 5.90 and Al's are 2.9. He got a shot of Neupogen and a shot of Aranesp. One for white and one for red. (Where's the one for blue?) Hope those shots give his blood a boost! His HGB is low. His HCT is low. His MPV is low.
Next month they will test for the cancer protein levels.
They have a new chemo drug coming out this summer that they are hoping to be good for Al. Before that happens he will have to have some more tests done and get all his surgeries out of the way.
He had to get a full set of body X-rays, too.
Then we went to see his transplant doc for his one year checkup. All is well. He got his 12 month shots. The doc is looking into finding a donor for stem cells in case, some day, Al needs another stem cell transplant. He would not be able to use his own again, it would have to be someone elses. This will be a last ditch option as there are more complications with this type of transplant. He had hoped to give Al a couple of years cancer free with the transplants, but, alas, it was not to be.
Next week we go back to see the leg surgeon. Hoping to get going on the 2nd surgery. Then he may need to have that back surgery we talked about last year, but never did.
Meanwhile, Al seems to be doing quite good most days. Still has a bad day now and then, but as long as he takes his meds as prescribed, he seems to do well. We will see next month if the cancer remains at the low levels it was last time they checked it.
We sure do appreciate all the help we have had to get our property ready for sale. Al had some good help last week from Billy, Justin & Keith moving all his tools. This week our friend Brad came down from Irving to help clean more "stuff" out of the barn. Mikal came to install a new back door. I give God all the glory for putting these needs on the hearts of all these people. We just could not have done it without you guys!
Please pray for God's hand in getting our property sold quickly and for a good price. Maybe, then He will reveal to us where He wants us to live and what He has next for us. I am still looking for an office job with good benefits. But, there again, it is all in His hands.
Happy Easter to all.

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