Archive for February, 2012

One Year After Treatment
February 2, 2012

From James:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11).

One year ago today, So Young completed radiation treatment for her brain tumor.

A year ago, the tumor was larger are more fearsome looking.

Today, after much prayer from many faithful people, it is weakened and cowering, having shrunk to two-thirds of its former size. They said it wouldn’t shrink.

A year ago, So Young had lost a lot of hair. She was bald all around her head, from both sides to the back, with a bald spot on top.

Today, her hair is growing back. The new hair is fine and curly, and she wakes up each morning with a what appears to be a heavily primped parody of an 80’s hairdo, a constant source of entertainment for all of us.

A year ago, we were still receiving meals from our friends several times a week. Lots and lots of food. The meals kept coming for months after treatment.

Today, So Young is making all of the meals for the family. She hasn’t lost her ability to cook at all. What is leftover from a year ago, however, is gratitude. We were just talking about it the other day, how our friends and family were there when we needed them.

A year ago, So Young’s eyesight was quite bad — even worse than it is now. At that time, she would describe herself as “blind,” because that’s how she felt. Those of you who walked with her during those days know that she needed a lot of help dodging curbs, cracks in the sidewalk, and even walls at times.

Today, she is walking with ease on her own and even texting again using the tiny keyboard on her phone.

A year ago, we were reeling in a new, chaotic world of crisis, only four months after the diagnosis.

Today, perspective is everything. We can see God’s hand in our story.

So Young says it all the time: “What Satan intended for evil, God is using for good.” We are seeing this not only in the story of So Young’s brain tumor, but also in the story of our marriage and our own personal struggles. God is using our circumstances for good.

Is your story like ours? Are you hungry and blind and waiting for answers? Trust God. Believe in him. He loves you, and He intends to use your circumstances for good.