Jason and I have tried to “get away” a few times in the last month.
We had a great talk recently about both our ever growing desires to relax. We felt so strongly that, if somehow, even if only for a minute, it would make everything better. The truth is… it really won’t. It would be nice for the moment, but we know it wouldn’t last. God wants us to desire Him, to need Him, and to go to Him for the peace Jason and I desire.
A few hours after our really good talk, I got a phone call from one of our dearest friends. Her husband was being rushed to emergency room because his white blood cell count was extremely high and his platelette count too low. Hours later, we would found out that he has acute leukemia.
This couple is like family to us, as we often spend holidays together. As you can imagine, this news “rocked” us. Of course, we wanted very much to be with our dear friends. In that moment, I felt God was telling me once again to desire Him above all things, to go to him for peace, for strength, for… everything. We decided to head home from Escondido (where we had managed to get away for a few days) so we could be back with our friends.
Seeing my dear friend Leah crouched down outside her husband Geoff’s hospital room was almost too much to bear. Geoff has always been her “big rock” who could handle anything. A man who worked hard to graduate from nursing school to take care of other’s needs. The head deacon of our church, who would give the shirt off his back to anyone, was now in the room suffering from chest pain and high fevers. It was difficult and far from relaxing, yet there was no other place I would rather have been. This same couple held my hand as I almost lost our daughter Hannah and rejoiced with me when God healed her. It felt good to “get off the mat” and able to help someone in their need.
God showed himself beautifully in the ways He worked through his people, doesn’t He? We hadn’t had time yet to create a Caring Bridge website for Geoff before people started asking where they could bring meals, cards, money, etc. for them. People simply wanted to do something. It was a beautiful outpouring of love which allowed Jason and I to get a view into the way YOU have all felt wrapping around our family. Geoff still has a long road ahead, but the last few days have given us great hope and encouragement for what’s ahead.
Geoff has been fever free now for a few days and his numbers keep improving. He will be transferred to UCLA soon and will eventually need a bone marrow transplant. It’s pretty amazing that we will end up at the same hospital awaiting transplants together. We have joked that we will meet in the hall for a quick hug and prayer. Our friendship has certainly deepened as we have a new level of understanding for one another. We were discussing today how there are times it all doesn’t seem real. You feel like you are watching a movie and then things are gonna go back to normal. We both acknowledge however that this is the place God has for us right now and this is the place He will do His great work. The Dykstras have certainly inspired us with their strength and faith through this hard last week.
As for Noah, he will have a heart biopsy on June 17 to check the pressures in his heart and how much the disease has progressed. We would covet your prayers.
Also, will you please lift up our dear friends the Dykstra Family in your prayers. They have five young, adorable children and we are praying for restored healing.
You can follow their journey on their Caring Bridge site here.