August 26, 2008
So we recieved news from the surgeon that Peter’s tumor is cancerous.
We don’t know what type exactly– but yes…. it is cancer.
I can honestly say that I am so thankful that Peter and I had this entire past week to really try to process this whole matter and be sort of prepared for the news we heard today.
So now it is a fact. We’re facing the giant… again.
Interesting that Colin’s youth group just watched this movie “Facing the Giants” on Sunday night.
We are still waiting to hear more about cell type, treatment recommendations….
and I will also say that Peter is investigating some alternative treatments as well. We will certainly keep you posted and your prayers are always so deeply appreciated.
Peter is doing well overall. He amazes me actually. He continues to work and serve others in their health needs with a great attitude. He trusts God.
When I got home from our office after hearing the news… I went out to our backyard. You see, every time it rains, I now always look for a rainbow. Tonight it had rained… so I was looking. Especially tonight… I needed another rainbow.
I was standing near our pool looking into the sky…. I actually imagined God like the “”google earth” camera… thinking that He could see me looking upward and zoom right in on me.
I just kept thinking, come on Lord, now would be a great time for another rainbow…please?
Just then, my youngest, Lissy walks out into the backyard.. and the conversation goes something like this.
Lissy: Whatcha doin?
Me: Just looking for rainbows. I look for them everytime it rains now.
Lissy: well it’s still raining, maybe there’s one over there.
Well, I didn’t see a rainbow, so I walked into my house and sat at my computer.
Right on my computer screen [I am not kidding] — was this:
I did a double take– honestly! I thought, Where did this come from?”
I read the words, “Don’t give Up – Beleve”
Little Lissy– I guess she had put this together on for her mommy earlier that afternoon.. while I was at the office. Can you believe that? I couldn’t believe it…Out the mouth of babes..
OK… so then I begin to just cry and cry— but they were tears of hope. Continued hope!
I knew that God had just spoken through my child… saying– “don’t give up–beleve”
and there were my rainbows! (she even mispelled the word believe) how cute is that?
How she thought in her little heart to put that together… and to even say “Don’t give up” — well, I’m speechless.
So the rainbow in the sky– I’ve yet to see. But oh how God has given me so many rainbow photos… and since I’m becoming a photographer– this means alot.
So yes.. we face the giant… and it is serious. We all know this as a family.
But our family also knows that God is bigger. That we can focus on the cancer and let it consume us, or we can focus on God and face the giant WITH HIM.
Everything in my being knows and believes that God is with us.. and that He will fight this battle.
He continues to give hope at every turn. Every bit of bad news has been met with a rainbow.. or a scripture that always leads in this direction…
So Yes Lissy— we won’t give up— we will “beleve”!
P.S. I also had a very close friends Len & Michell share a “rainbow” story with us regarding our family. They were driving to Prescott when they had just recieved a phone call telling them that regarding Peter— that it looked like the tumor was cancer. They hung up the phone and were just about to begin to pray for us– when all of a sudden they saw a rainbow in the sky.
Len even had to pull over to take a photo for us -
I can’t do anything but continue BeLIeVE……