What a difference a day makes!
Thursday’s experience was overwhelming for me, with the questions about elevated heart rate and possible blood clots in lungs and delay in starting chemotherapy. Even the incredible news about the shrinking of the tumors after the first treatment and the lowered C-125 cancer marker seemed caught up in the whirlwind of my Thursday.
Then I woke up on Friday confident in the power of prayer. The resting heart rate was down to 106, still slightly high but not 134 as on Thursday. The port was accessed, the meds started right on time, I had no reactions, and the treatment finished in 4 hours 15 minutes as scheduled. I had a good afternoon and evening—and an uneventful (!) and thus restful night, which is praiseworthy indeed.
This morning, I’m thinking about grace. I’m thinking about how often I get caught up in rocky moments. I’m thinking about how in those moments, despite my best intentions, I’m often sidetracked from the glimmers of grace in front of me. I’m blessed with a loving husband, tender daughters and granddaughter and son-in-law, supportive and kind family members, dear and precious friends, faithful prayer warriors, incredible people whom I have known through the years and who have rallied around me, and a wise and compassionate physician and medical team. I’m safe in the hands of a mighty God who is not surprised by any circumstance or glitch in what I thought the plan for the day was. In the midst of what overwhelmed me on Thursday, God also covered my day with glimmers of His grace. I guess I knew that with my head, but I only see it now as I consciously think back over the last two days.
May I remember who holds my life in His hands today and in the upcoming days when I’ll experience the inevitable side effects that can obscure those glimmers of grace. May I recognize those little moments for what they are—evidence that His grace is sufficient for me and made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The treatment is working. There will be setbacks and struggles, but His plan for my life is working according to His purposes.
Thank you for your prayers and your love. I am truly blessed.