I have not written in three weeks. Did you miss me? Here’s what happened. My husband lost his job. Yeah talk about bad timing. I literally entered a desert.
After a week or so of sadness I had an opportunity to surprise my family at our family reunion in Dominican Republic after realizing I had enough points to travel for free. I wish I could describe the look of surprise when they saw me. No one was expecting me. To be honest it was a big surprise to me too. Never in my wildest dreams at the beginning of the planning stages of the reunion over a year ago did I expect cancer would keep me away from this event but even greater was being able to go just six days after chemo for free.
The expressions of sincere love and joy on the family’s faces cannot be describe in words. I experienced what Ema McKinley describes in her book, A Rush From Heaven as an oasis in the desert.
A few months ago a friend of mine recommended the book. It was hard to read at first due to all of life’s interruptions. Her story of pain, loss, hope, courage, perseverance and miraculous healing gave me a healthy perspective on my current situation.
I was reminded that God uses our story for His glory. Not a moment of sadness, anguish or despair will be wasted. Jesus changed her life and He is certainly changing mine.
My little four day trip turned out to be a good time out card. Just like my over packed suitcase I started to carry unnecessary burdens and it was weighing me down. Burdens can make your journey and reaching your destination harder.
In the Bible it reads in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
How will God use this? He will use our story for His glory and our benefit. God’s comfort is an oasis in the desert. His word like water to the soul.