This is week seventeen. One I will never forget. It started like any other…quite enjoyable, in fact. However, it ended with suffering. Suffering that I wish I could just hit rewind on. Suffering that causes me to lean on God deeply in desperation. I will share more on that at the end of the post.
This is what God meant when he said that creation speaks of His glory.
This last weekend was heart breaking. Our pastors’ beautiful and kind hearted daughter (one of the students in our Jr. High group) was faced with life changing news. What was thought to be a sinus infection turned out to be much different. After a CAT scan on Friday, neuro doctors informed the family that their daughter has a mass at the bottom right side of her brain (middle cranium fossa) that would need to be removed. This news was absolutely crushing and came the day before Katherine’s 14th Birthday.
While there was still a lot of questions to be answered and things to pray for (the mass to disappear, the doctors to be strong and capable, the surgery to go smoothly, the mass to be removed and not cancerous, life preserved in good quality, God glorified, and more), Katherine’s amazing parents still wanted her birthday to be special. SO, we made that happen! Katherine had her 14th Birthday in the hospital with some of her closest girlfriends. We decorated a waiting room, ate pizza, spent time with her, sang Happy Birthday, and spent time praying for her. She was tired and we could feel the sadness weighing on everyone, but ultimately God was present and Katherine was so blessed by the time we all spent together.
This was something her dad emailed us about where Katherine was at mentally with this heart breaking circumstance: “Katherine loves to play soccer and surf. She has always looked up to Bethany Hamilton. We watched Soul Surfer again last night before the surgery. She told her mom yesterday that perhaps God can use this situation to bring Him glory like He did with Bethany. I told her that God is already doing that!” What a blessing.
It has been so comforting to know that thousands of God’s people from around the world are desperately praying for this beloved family. We have been praying constantly and our hearts long for relief. If you would like to pray for this family, please do! Katherine had her surgery today and things went very well and she was sustained by the Lord. The Doctors removed what they could of the tumor and are waiting for more results. Here are some of the prayer requests:
- That the doctors got all of the tumor out
- That the remaining pain in her face/head will go away permanently
- Speedy recovery
- No cancer found in the removed mass
- No infections or complications
- long and full life ahead for this beautiful girl
This has been a heartbreaking and discouraging time. Deeply felt grieving, weeping, and aching. Even still, my pastor and his family are giving thanks to God for his grace and provision. They continue to worship the God who is always present. They hope people will see His glory through this.
If you have faced suffering in your own life, I am truly sorry. Your suffering is not something I or anything in this world can fix. Please hear this message on God in the Midst of Suffering and see that there really truly is hope and rescue.