Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Safe!

Tina…single young mother…a Christian…having been baptized into her Lord just about three weeks ago…two precious children, 4 year old Jake and 8 year old Caitlin…wants nothing more in the world than to be a good, loving and available mom to her little ones.

The cancer has come back with a vengeance. Pain is not a visitor but a resident in her life now. She is in the hospital as I write this and has been for about 10 days, I guess. Today her children came to visit her for what might well be the last time…I can’t imagine what it was like for her this afternoon…to say goodbye to them…to kiss them through tears…to try to be strong for them, so as to lessen their fear and suffering.

If she is able to sleep at all tonight, she will wake up tomorrow facing an 8:30 AM surgery that is scheduled to last 14 hours! The best the experts can tell her is that she has a fifty-fifty chance of even surviving the surgery. And even if she survives, the cancer may only permit her a few more months to be with her children.

She has been doing business with God. She wonders about how unfair it is for one such as her who only wants to be a good mom to be afflicted with this wasting and painful disease when there are so many other “mothers” in the world who care little or nothing for their children…she wonders why this has come to her…she wonders why it is so severe…she wonders why nothing has been successful at stopping the disease…and even why God seems to do nothing about it. She wonders why her preacher doesn’t have answers to her questions. But I have seen amazing faith and love in the heart of this newly born of the Spirit young woman. I admire her strength. I know Who gives it to her. She is my hero. She does business with God, I say. She won’t…can’t leave Him…even though she can’t understand.

There are those who give her no hope. But there is One Who has given her living hope already! What do you think? Is she safe? Is she safe with all her questions? Is she safe with all her pain? Is she safe with doctors giving up hope for her? Is she safe with her tears…her fears…her worries…her doubts…her loneliness? Yes…she is. She is safe in the arms of Jesus, her Lord. It is well with her soul. And if the much prayed for answers don’t come tomorrow or the next day or the next…she is safe still! And when one day I go looking for her…or she goes looking for me…we will find our Christian comrade safe in the arms of Jesus. Bless God!

If you read this tonite…or tomorrow while surgery is ongoing…would you…please…breathe out a word for Tina to Father God. I know you will…and I thank you for that. I am glad for the tie that binds us all in Jesus. I love you…but my Father, well, He sings for joy of you!

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4 thoughts on “Safe!

  1. I do not have words to explain the why … but I do know WHO. Tina … He is holding you close … He is holding your children close. He understands … He hears … He answers. And His answers are the best answers even if we don’t “get” how they are best.

    “Thou oh Lord, are a shield about me … You’re my glory … You’re the lifter of my head.” He will lift your head … be it through those around you … or with His own hands … you can know … it will be lifted.

    May God give you a feeling of safety to match what you know to be true … you are safe with HIM.

    THANK YOU PAIGE FOR SPEAKING TO TINA’S HEART. I WILL BE GIVING HER A COPY OF YOUR WORDS. I KNOW SHE IS GLAD FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS. GOD BLESS YOU.

  2. Email Girl on said:

    I’ve prayed for Tina many times over since you told me of her fight the other day….shes been on my mind. Now I see from your post today we have children of a similar age and genders and I can’t imagine how she feels tonight….how she handled her visit with them earlier today. My heart goes out to her. I will be praying tonight and in the morning for her….for her children…for her family…for the doctors…for life……for a miracle. I’m asking God for that right now…this minute.

    Tina….

    The LORD your God is with you,
    He is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    He will quiet you with his love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

    You are safe with Him….no matter where you are.

    Keep fighting!!

    THANK YOU, E-MAIL GIRL. YOU HAVE THE HEART…MADE NEW AND MOLDED BY THE MASTER…THE KIND OF HEART THAT LEADS YOU RIGHT DOWN INTO THE SUFFERING AND TRIALS OF OTHERS…TO FEEL WHAT THEY ARE FEELING…TO SPEAK TO THEIR HEARTS…TO HOLD UP A LIGHT OF HOPE FROM THE WORD…TO CARE…TO LOVE…TO HOPE…TO NEVER GIVE UP. TINA WILL BE GLAD TO READ YOUR WORDS. GOD’S BLESSINGS OF PROTECTION AND PEACE AND POWER TO YOU.

  3. I remember seeing some movies where people were suffering and felt a Great Loss of losing someone here on earth. They would go out in a private place and scream out as loud, loud as they could over their Great Grief. There was our God having to let his Great Son Jesus go for awhile and I know he knows the Greatest Grief that we cannot completely understand from what happened when Jesus was crucified.

    I know people have a great suffering from the pain they have from disease and then the suffering from leaving their loved ones behind must be tormenting and seem like Hell.

    I did say a prayer for Tina and her children and family. I know she has a God who understands and we try to. Doug always told me that God makes no mistakes. He will help Tina thru this journey in her life and he will help her family. I know she will be extremely missed if she is called home. We don’t understand why these things happen but God did say “Even though we go thru the Valley of the Shadow of Death that he would be with us? I love the one scripture in the New Testament that says “I will never leave your or forsake you”. I believe that is in Life here on earth and in Death that comes. I believe what God says even though I don’t understand why things like this have to happen. Bless the little children Tina loves so much and God promises are true for Tina to take care of her.

    When our bodies are giving up on us – God has prepared a place for us and he has been working on it and told us about it. Remembering what he said is called faith and trusting in him.

    I am not saying these things light hearted – I know this is true for all of us who Love Him.

    I read what Doug said about what is going on with Tina w/tears in my eyes.

    Gail

    MY SISTER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYER FOR TINA. NO ONE I KNOW OF HAS A HEART MORE TENDER FOR OTHERS IN NEED THAN YOU. I KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM AND I KNOW WHO IT HONORS AND WHO IT HELPS. I AM ONE OF THOSE SO HELPED. GOD BLESS YOU TODAY. I LOVE YOU.

  4. Things happen in our lives that absolutely do not make sense…because we don’t see like God sees, we don’t know what God knows. He says “I know the plans I have for you”. We struggle because we can’t understand those plans. So even though we cannot know, we trust Him to work good in our lives (in our children’s lives). The things Tina is facing are heartbreaking…only our faith in God can get us thru those heartaches.

    God is our refuge and strength…a very present hope in times of trouble. Therefore I will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

    May God bless Tina’s family with strength and comfort.

    DEAR SHERRY,
    YOU TOUCHED MY HEART WITH YOUR WORDS FOR TINA, ARISING AS THEY DO OUT OF YOUR DEEP FAITH FORGED IN THE FIRES OF AFFLICTION. YOUR WORDS HAVE MEANING MADE MORE SPECIAL BY YOUR OWN TRIALS…AND I AM GLAD I WILL, LORD-WILLING, NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS THEM ON TO A RECOVERING TINA.
    ALSO, SISTER, I WAS MOVED BY YOUR KIND AND LOVING WORDS ON FSO FOLLOWING THE POST BY REX IN HONOR OF MY BIRTHDAY (HE SHOULD NOT EXAGGERATE SO!). WHEN YOU EXPRESSED THIS GOOD LOVE OF THE LORD FOR ME AND SPOKE OF THE “STRANGENESS” OF TELLING ONE YOU HAVE NEVER MET THAT YOU LOVE THEM, I REALLY IDENTIFIED WITH THAT. I HAVE FELT THE COMPULSION TO SHARE THE SAME EXPRESSION OF LOVE FOR YOU AND PAIGE AND OTHERS. I DO LOVE YOU…I SO APPRECIATE YOUR FAITH AND YOUR HEART LIKE CHRIST’S FOR OTHERS. YOUR WORDS HAVE BEEN HEALTH TO MY OLD SPIRITUAL BONES…SO OFTEN. I LOVE WHAT YOU ARE WILLING TO RISK FOR CHRIST. IT ENCOURAGES ME TO GO AND DO LIKEWISE. I AM GLAD, IN CHRIST, THAT NONE OF US HAVE TO BE “EXPERTS,” BECAUSE THAT FREES US UP TO BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM EVERYONE ELSE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, YOUNG OR OLD, NEW OR VINTAGE. MAY GOD KEEP FILLING YOU WITH THE SENSE OF WONDER AT WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES. AND MAY HE KEEP DOING HIS GOOD AND GRACIOUS WORK THROUGH YOU AND FOR YOU. HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS A GREAT ONE. BE WATCHING FOR THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE GOOD HAND OF YOUR GOD UPON YOU. AND THEN WRITE US ABOUT IT…OKAY? OKAY! GIVE REX ONE IN THE RIBS FROM ME! AND TELL HIM I LOVE HIM!

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