March 30, 2004
Last week, I
was trying to do a lot of things for the Blue Butterfly Fund and
for the family fun day that we are hosting at R. B. Winter in June.
I also spend a lot of time every week communicating with families
whose children are being treated for cancer or whose children have
get a strong feeling that I need to call or communicate with someone.
On Thursday, I felt like God wanted me to get in touch with a family
whose son, Aidan, recently passed away. He followed Bennett's footsteps
almost exactly (minus radiation therapy) in his treatment for the
same type of tumor. Aidan and Bennett both had progression. They
both had the same doctor. We considered and used some of the same
drugs as Aidans parents. I knew that I did not have a block
of time in the near future in which to make this phone call. I also
knew I had a lot of thing going on this weekend. My schedule was
so packed that I started to wonder how on earth I was going to get
everything done, and I was feeling stretched. Thursday afternoon
while I was driving to State College, I started praying.
know there are so many things that you want me to do. I don't know
how I am going to do it all. But I trust that you will help me get
done what needs to be done."
When I got back
from State College, I went to the Thursday night meditative service
at our church and then to a discussion group for the book The Purpose
Driven Life. I woke up at 4:30 am the next morning to help with
a Lenten breakfast at our church. I came home for an hour and prepared
to lead our churchs Experiencing God Bible study group and
rest a little. At 9:30 am I was back at church for the Experiencing
God Bible Study group. I looked at the clock. I thought to myself
I have about 20 minutes left in this group, and then I have to get
to work. (My point of sharing this with you is to help you understand
why I was feeling so stretched.) A few minutes later, the church
secretary stopped by and delivered a little message. It said John
called, you are not needed at work today. Now some people
might be upset about being called off from work, but at that moment,
I was in disbelief. The note could have been signed by God Himself
for all I was concerned. Suddenly, it all became clear how I was
going to do what God wanted me to do but seemed impossible to me.
And I was able to call Aidans family that afternoon.
About 8 months
ago when Aidans family and ours were still at St. Jude, Aidans
mom, Shannon came up to me at Assessment Triage and told me that
she was pregnant. I started crying tears of joy, and I knew that
this was an incredibly blessing from God. It is very difficult for
me to explain how I felt at the time, but I just felt very strongly
that God had something important planned with this child. (And this
is not just coming from hindsight).
battle with cancer ended at the beginning of March. He earned his
angel's wings with bravery. Six days later, his little sister Alaina,
was born. This is a true miracle. Many people prayed for little
baby Aidan to get better. They prayed for healing. They prayed for
Shannon and Aaron to have a happy and healthy child again. God has
answered their prayers. Aidan is healed. Shannon and Aaron have
a beautiful, healthy child who reminds them so much of Aidan they
feel like she is his twin sister.
I am amazed
by this story because while I know that we all wanted a different
outcome for Aidan, I know God has provided Alaina as a special gift
to help Shannon and Aaron with their healing. I know that Alaina
will help Aaron and Shannon through their grieving process. And
I know she is going to grow up to be a pretty special person too!
And I know that Aidan is playing in heaven and loving God too. Maybe
he and Bennett are playing together.
God is amazing.
There are no coincidences. There is a reason for everything that
happens. God answers prayers
in ways that we could never imagine!
comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything
is for his glory. Romans 11:36
that God causes everything to work together for the good of those
who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
part of this scripture last week too. I think God must want me to
get this message loud and clear!)
that happens to you has spiritual significance. Rick
to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything
in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings given to us to learn from. -Elisabeth
Dear God, I
love you so much. And I am so grateful for the love you give back
to me. You are my provider. Your blessings are abundant. Your gifts
are timely. You are simply amazing and so worthy of my love. Amen