No stress here, praise God!
Who would think we were waiting for the results of a brain tumour scan? Yesterday the children took the dinghy down to the lake, and Marshall, Best Big Brother in the Whole World, rowed the girls around.
What fun they had, as Kenneth Grahame wrote in Wind in the Willows, just messing about in a boat.
"Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Watching the children bought back so many memories of my own childhood in New Zealand with summers of sailing, rowing and swimming. Thanks Dad, for giving us such great memories and a love for boats and water that I can pass on to our children.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Victoria's healing and peace of mind and sending messages of support. Monday morning some anxiety surfaced, however after talking and praying, it has not been seen again!
Tuesday night as Victoria and I were reading the Jesus Calling devotional for kids, the devotion for that day was entitled, 'My Definition of Wonderful'. It included these words,
"I created you, not just humans in general. Every detail, every feature of yours, was lovingly and carefully formed by Me. And you are wonderful! ........ All my children are wonderful - each in his or her own unique way. Just look in the mirror, and you will see My definition of wonderful."
These words reinforced a conversation Victoria, Alexandra and I had earlier in the day. Victoria was saying when they were playing tips at school it was easy for the other children to spot her because they just needed to look for her splint. I said "yes, but your splint doesn't define who you are."
Victoria replied, "I know, and neither does the tumour."
Praise God for that understanding in her heart. We thank God for the maturity He has placed in Victoria at such a young age.We then went on to talk about being God's child, and that He defines who we are.
On Wednesday, we took the Jesus Calling devotion book to the scan and while we were in the waiting room, we read the devotion for September 30 - 'I already know'. I almost cried when I saw what it was about, knowing that God was reminding us again, that He was with us and He had everything under control. Here are some of the words.
So when I tell you not to worry - that I will take care of you - I mean it! I know what problems you will face tomorrow. I've already seen them, and today I'm preparing you to face them. So leave tomorrow's worries where they belong: in tomorrow. And when you do get to tomorrow, I'll already be there - without every having left your side today.
What grace we have available to us. I strongly believe our faith in these words is how our children can rest and have fun in the dinghy, leaving tomorrow's worries where they belong. How much can we learn from them???
The scan procedure on Wednesday went well. Victoria was the champion she normally is in the hospital environment. We will get the results on Tuesday.
The week however has not been without it's dramas - surprise surprise. We now have two people in the house wearing splints on their left legs! Ken slipped over at home and has fractured his knee cap. He can weight bear on his leg, but can't bend it and can't drive. Tuesday morning he will have another x-ray and then a review by the doctors, after which we will walk down the corridor to see the oncologist and get Victoria's results. It will be a big morning.
For me, as the mum, this week has been about making daily (and sometimes hourly) decisions to keep my focus on Jesus. Wednesday morning before going to the scan I was listening and singing to the worship song, Oceans (one of Victoria's class's favourites). The words go something like this ...
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
As I sang that line I thought, yes that is what I want - trust without borders, but what does it take to get there? Even now with all we have been through, my trust still waivers on occasions.
We walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me
Do I have the courage to get 'out of the boat', believe and walk upon the water, no matter what?
Take me deeper than my feet would ever take me
Do I trust enough to 'swim' out into the unknown?
And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my saviour
To this I can testify - my faith certainly does get stronger as I cling to the presence of Jesus.
And I will call upon your name, and keep my eyes above the waters,
Yes, only One Name, only One way to look, UP.
When the oceans rise, My soul will rest in your embrace.
For I am yours and you are mine.
I am so grateful that I know Who I belong to - no more searching, just the privilege of knowing my saviour.
I realise that this post has a lot of 'God' content in it, and for that I do not apologise, as He is the only way we are getting through this utterly horrendous, long, potentially life destroying journey. He is our Saviour. My prayer is that by sharing how our faith helps us, it will encourage others to also draw on God's help during times of trouble.
Thank you for praying and believing with us. Thank you for encouraging us and helping us in so many different ways. We continue to choose to trust God each and every day.