I reported a few days ago about a job candidate I spoke with whose wife had just had breast cancer surgery, and how I shared my story with him, as an example of how God uses us in times of trial.
Friday afternoon I got a follow-up call from him, both to check on his application status with our client company (no news yet, which isn’t surprising), and to tell me that his wife was now home from the hospital and recovering well. Then he told me he had shared with her our talk, and she was very appreciative of my prayers and support.
He then described the things he was doing, and how well the staff had prepared him for them. I repeated my support, and told him I would stay in touch.
When we stand before God and our friends, and promise to have and to hold, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, there’s no way to know where that will take us. And that unknown isn’t a bad thing; I don’t know how many of us would want to go through with marriage if we knew what was ahead.
But, for me, I’ve seen that God’s plan and His will for me were, in fact, exactly what I needed. In the years that we’ve been married, we’ve endured a lot, and while my leukemia is the worst of it, it hasn’t been the only thing. Looking back, yes, those other things pale in comparison, but I can see now how they led us here.
Personally, I’m convinced that God sent me my wife Vicki to save my life, in a lot of ways. And there’s no way to repay that in full, so I will just keep doing as He sets before me, the rest of my life.
And now, I see that I am called to share that with others, and I’m ready for that. As Jesus lived and died for me, I’m being given a chance to share and give back.
And I can’t wait to see where that leads.