Kids will be kids! They all look forward to presents under the Christmas tree.
However, as we get older, our wish list often includes more substantial gifts that money simply can’t buy. At the top of the list, we hope love of family and good health will be heaped upon us in good measure.
The old adage, “When you have your health, you have everything” doesn’t hit home until a medical crisis knocks at your door.
As many of you know, our crisis came knocking May 8, 2015 when Mr. Outdoors was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
It was as if The Outdoors Guy was suddenly thrown on a train…to where exactly? With doctor appointments, labs, chemo, surgery, radiation and more chemo coupled together, all he could do was ride the route laid out before him with all its twists and turns.
Consider this: Each of us is traveling on our own life train. Even though we aren’t privy to hazards or delays that lie ahead such as illness, accidents, financial crises or loss of loved ones, we are destined to follow the route mapped out for us.
When the golden years or illness set in, the main concern is how, when and where will my journey end?
As much as our family loves riding the real-life rails, it is never our destination. It is only an adventurous way to get us there.
Doesn’t this describe life? We can and most often enjoy the views along life’s journey. Family, friends, work, sports, hunting, fishing, hobbies, leisure and much more help to make the ride pleasant.
Yet, the birth of Christ is the first step in showing us a glorious final destination is ours if we open our heart and give it to the Lord. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
When The Outdoors Guy was diagnosed with cancer, that first weekend was like a nightmare we couldn’t wake up from. Then, God grabbed us by the shoulders and told us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
From that day forward, those words have led us to expect a miracle! And, since that horrible weekend, Mr. Outdoors, myself and our family have never wavered!
Certainly there have been tough times! Yet, through it all, God has has been with us, guiding us each step of the way.
No matter your circumstances, envision a miracle! Refuse to allow doubt to creep into the corners of your being!!
This past week, The Outdoors Guy had his third CT scan and tumor marker test since completing chemo and radiation. And, it is the third scan where no tumors are evident!! His tumor marker is at 11. Although up slightly from his all-time low of six, it is still well within the normal range of 55 or less!!
Yup! It has been almost 20 months laden with twists and turns! But, when you see yourself as a child of God, envisioning His miracles is the most natural thing in the world!!!
"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." Job 5:9
May your joys be as countless as stars in the heavens this Christmas and in the New Year!!! Merry Christmas!!!