Have you ever not asked for something? There are things that happen in life we don’t see coming, we don’t ask for and we definitely don’t want, but they come our way anyway. Heartache. Sickness. Financial troubles. Relationship woes. Car trouble (sometimes you need one and don’t have it. Then you get one and it still gives you issues!) Natural disasters. Aches. Pains. You name it, life is going to throw something at you at some point. The question is, will you stay upright?
Our life has been pretty good. Definitely not perfect and far from ideal, but my husband and I have been enjoying life lately. The kids are past diapers and naps (Not me. I mean, I just need the naps. Not the diapers.) Moving right along, we were at a good place where things were finally feeling settled. It only took 20ish years. Mark was feeling like medical practice was going well, our 4 kids were busy and happy, the dogs were housebroken (that’s a big one!), and the backyard had finally, finally become a decent place to hang out. Time to sit back and rela….
The hospital corporation floated a new contract to my husband and it started him thinking about why he got into medicine in the first place. Suddenly the stringent regulations, corporate squeezing and productivity requirements were glaring. We were pushed to our knees in prayer knowing this was not what God wanted when He asked Mark to serve in the area of medicine.
So, with some trepidation he started looking for a job. It was me who found the perfect employment opportunity for him. A mobile medical unit that serves the underserved population in the city was looking to hire a bilingual doctor. I knew just the man! With some counsel from friends and our pastors, lots of prayer and some Zoom interviews it was clear this was the job for my doctor husband. Mission. Service. Medicine. His dream job. And an answer to the prayer of stepping out in faith and serving.
But, what so often happens when we step out to serve, we get assaulted. Like Scripture says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV) Our obedience was noticed and there was definite attention happening because we had decided to move toward ministry.
Around this same time I had a doctors appointment and received a call afterwards. “Invasive Ductal Carcinoma” is what they said, but I was pretty sure they meant to call someone else. The odd part is I have complete peace and hope about this. OK…I did get out of bed one night and go sit on the deck and sob. Loudly. But, I really have sweet assurance that God is faithful.
Cancer doesn’t make Him less faithful.
Unemployment doesn’t make Him less faithful.
Nothing makes God less faithful.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword….For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39 NIV)
Will you walk faithfully with us in prayer as we step into a mobile medical ministry job and figure out a cancer journey? It might be an exciting trip and we don’t want to go alone.