The call finally came. We have waited for so long, it seemed that it might never come. You’ve been praying, we’ve been asking, so many have lifted up the specific request that LeRoy might be able to start treatment and . . . Yes!
The call finally came.
If there are no complications this weekend, on Monday we’ll make the drive to the infusion center and start a new chapter in this journey. It will be almost six months to the day since he fell in Prince Edward Island and paralysis began to take over the lower half of his body. When I think back to that horrific time, not knowing if he’d survive the weekend, I’m reminded of the many ways God showed up and provided for us to make it to an excellent medical facility in the States.
And now, we move into treatment and (hopefully) recovery phase.
The infusion clinic called us with some rigorous instructions for us to follow during the course of these treatments. The nurse stressed to us that LeRoy absolutely can not be around anyone who may be carrying any type of illness (and this is while our state has some of the highest numbers for the flu outbreak in the nation). If he has an infection while on this course of treatment, he could have serious complications. He will have to limit his exposure to people and being in public, and when he is outside of our home, he will have to wear a mask.
Because of the risk involved, it will mean a lot of isolation in the coming weeks.
Living in isolation won’t be a lot different than how we’ve already been functioning. The excruciating pain makes it difficult for LeRoy to do much more than navigate from his chair to the bedroom, so he’s kind of forced to “be still.” The “sitting still” aspect of this journey has been one of the real challenges for him. He has never been one to just sit. We’ve never even owned a recliner, but he has been sitting in a chair, quite literally, since we came home from the hospital at the end of August. My mom (who has a lot of experience in care-giving) saw the need for a recliner and bought him one shortly after we came home from the hospital (thanks, Mom, that chair has been a huge blessing).
All along this journey, we’ve been asking . . . “Father, what do you want to show us? What do we need to learn? How can we reflect your goodness and glorify you through this process? What do you have for our church body during this season? What do you want to teach our church family?”
We are trusting that God will accomplish all He has in mind.
We are thanking the Lord for continuing to lead and provide. We are watching and listening for His instruction. We can’t see very far down the road . . . don’t even know if we’ll actually make it to the infusion appointment on Monday. That could be delayed again, if God so chooses. And if He does, He has good reason.
As I mentioned in my last post, my focus passage for this year is Hebrews 12:1–4:
[box]Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin . . .” (Hebrews 12:1–4 NASB)[/box]
The exhortation “Run with endurance . . .” courses through my heart and mind frequently throughout the day. But the phrase that supplies the confidence to run and the awareness that we are in God’s sovereign hand in all we are facing is this:
. . . the race that is set before us . . .
Knowing that He has “set” this race, this specific journey for us to take, brings a settled peace. There is no guessing: “Wonder what I’m supposed to do today?” I don’t spend time wondering whether I’m in God’s will with how I’m spending this season of my life . . . we know we are in the race that He has set for His good reason and purposes.
I know this is the race I’m to run, the real issue is . . . will I run it well?
He has a race set for you as well, it may have much larger challenges than what we are facing, but you can hurdle those challenges as you focus on the surrender and love of Christ. Fixing our eyes on Jesus provides the grace needed for the race He has set us on.
For those of you faithful prayer warriors who are still going to the throne for us, here are some things you can pray for:
- Pray for protection from illness and infection during these months of treatment. LeRoy’s immune system will be quite depleted from these treatments. He is scheduled for six infusions (not a fan of that number), over the course of about four months (depending on how he responds and whether he can stay infection free during the course of treatment).
- Pray for wisdom as we proceed, that the doctors will be alert to anything that they need to recognize during this process, and that we will have wisdom as we follow their instructions.
- Pray that the treatment will be as effective as the doctors have described. They believe it will bring recovery, decrease his pain, improve his bodily functions, and restore his mobility. We are asking for that gracious work—knowing that ultimately any healing comes from our Lord.
- And please continue to pray for LeRoy’s pain to decrease. It is so hard to watch him suffer. We could knock him out with pain medication, but then he wouldn’t be able to function, and being on strong narcotics has its own set of complications.
Our desire is to receive all that God desires to teach us in this time, and for us to glorify Him as we walk through this season. May He graciously answer that prayer, above all.
As always, so grateful for you dear friends ~