Friday, February 06, 2009

End of a Journey

LastDayToday marks the end of a turbulent journey. So many of you have been praying for my daughter and my family as we traversed a world of brain surgeries, complicated recoveries, and radiation. The seven weeks of radiation therapy ended today. Words are so inadequate to express our burgeoning excitement this week as we counted down the days with each trip to the cancer center. Three words kept repeating in my mind.

We are done.

God has carried us through this trial in amazing ways. You may be sitting there, shaking your head and wondering how you could ever get through such an experience. I used to wonder the same thing. But we did. All I can tell you is that our God is so good. He will give you whatever you need to get through whatever trial sits in front of you right now.

Leslie is now on the road to full recovery. Now she can be a fifteen year old again. She can focus on catching up in school and growing back her beautiful hair. We are so very grateful this day has come, and I keep saying we are ready to celebrate.

Because we are. No more doctor appointments. Just periodic check ups. God told me before all this started that she would be okay. And she is. Instead of praying, “God, fix this,” my prayers are now, “prepare me for whatever’s coming.” I trust him completely with my future and that of my family.

Like I said, words just can’t encompass this amazing journey. Thank you so much for praying us through. We’ve especially felt your prayers the last two weeks. We reached that midway point and found ourselves waning. Your prayers kept us going and brought us to the finish line. God even woke Leslie up this week on the three days her appointments were early.

Three more words. God is good.

How many pilgrims, still passing through these Red Seas and Jordans of earthly affliction, will be enable in the retrospect of eternity to say—full of the memories of God’s great goodness—“We went through the flood on foot, there—there, in these dark experiences, with the surging waves on every side, deep calling to deep, Jordan, as when Israel crossed it, in ‘the time of the overflowing” (flood), yet, ‘there did we rejoice in Him!’” —Dr. Macduff, excerpt from Streams in the Desert, February 6.

We are rejoicing in Him. I pray you are too.


Pammer said...

This is so wonderful. It's also a magnificent testimony to the love and care of our Father.

Love you all!

Ronie Kendig said...

Yea! So happy for y'all.

Bravo, Leslie--you're my hero!!!

Mary said...


I read your email and followed the link to your blog and I'm so glad I did.

Praise God for His goodness. With Him, all things are possible. I will place your name and Leslie's on my prayer list.


Dineen A. Miller said...

Thank you so much, Mary. :-)

Ruby (Mouth) said...

I am so glad to hear that she and you both are doing so good. You are right, God is the best!! BTW, I love your daughter's hat in this picture!!

Dineen A. Miller said...

Thanks, Ruby. I actually made that hat for her. LOL! It was fun. I'm amazed she likes it so much. :-)

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