Yesterday we had the meeting with the doctors who oversee radiation. The first doctor came in and spoke to my husband, myself and Andrew. He examined him - the same neurological tests as Andrew's had several times lately. By now we can all do this exam!
Then Dr. F. asked what Andrew knows. I told him what we have told Andrew. Then I said, "But we are Christians. And there are 1000's of people praying for Andrew and we believe God heals and that is what we are believing and expecting. So that's what Andrew knows."
I was met with a blank expression and silence. By the doctor's last name I could surmise his "religious heritage and culture." I was delighted to be able to share that the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Dorsey family is still healing today and that is what we are fully expecting.
Enter Dr. L. He and Dr. F. most certainly share the same cultural heritage. (Now I could be mistaken but I don't think so, especially when the word "kibbitz" was used. It was used in the context of "chatting" until Dr. L. could join us.)
So what is God up to? "...and through us spreading everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him."
On the first day, 8/26, when our family doctor sent Andrew for the first MRI and then called later to tell us the results, I told God, "You WILL be GLORIFIED."
So back to Dr. F. and Dr. L.
Dr. L. began telling us all of the side effects of radiation. You are probably familiar with the short term effects but maybe not so much with the long term effects. They are VERY BAD. This was the first time Andrew had heard any of it and I would have protected him but the doctor gave us no warning whatsoever.
As some of the worst things were named, I felt myself sinking.
But then, it as as though the Holy Spirit strengthened my spiritual backbone. I actually sat up taller. And all of those words, like arrows, just bounced right off of me.
I looked at my husband whose eyes were teary. I looked at our son whose head was hanging.
Later as we were leaving the parking lot of the cancer center, I said to Andrew, "I just want to say this: The doctor has to say those things can happen. But we are believing God will heal you and you will not face any of that. So let it go in one ear and out the other."
Now, even though we have been told this type of cancer is very aggressive and treatment should not be delayed, Andrew is not set to start treatment for a few more days. They are closed Monday! So Tuesday we go in for him to be fitted with the radiation mask, have a cat scan and another MRI.
Dr. L. said "things" can change and he needs a more precise MRI in order to know exactly where and how much radiation to deliver to the tumors.
I am praying and asking God that when the MRI results are in, it will show that God has already started doing the work and the tumors are shrinking. My heart longs for our son not to have to go through radiation and chemo.
I told Andrew that is what we are asking God and believing for. I also told him this: "I don't know that it will happen that way but I do believe that you will be healed and be 100% recovered."
I am very thankful for smart, kind and caring doctors, nurses and others in the field of medicine. They have blessed us through all of this with their gentleness and desire to help Andrew. They are not our enemy when they give us facts based on experience, science and research.
It's simply that facts change but truth is eternal. So we stand on faith not facts.
Last night I prayed for Dr. F. and Dr. L, especially for Dr. F. because he is the one in which I shared our belief in Christ and healing. I fell asleep praying for him.
Our enemy is THE ENEMY OF CHRIST and all that he attempts to do in order to thwart God's authority. He did it in heaven when he fought for control and took a third of the angels down with him. He did it in the garden when he tempted Eve. He has no new tricks. He is not creative. He is a liar and a deceiver.
Yesterday I found this in The Message and have been reading it aloud. Maybe you, too, will be encouraged by it.
"Let them (tumors) present their expert witnesses and make their case (for cancer); let them try to convince us what they say is true (no hope). But you are my witnesses. 'God's Decree.'
"You're my handpicked servant so that you'll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am. Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me. I, yes, I am GOD. I'm the only Savior there is. I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before the upstart gods appeared on the scene. And you know it, you're my witnesses, you're the evidence." 'God's Decree.'
"Yes, I am God. I've always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?" Isaiah 43:9 - 13.
Wow! 'Love that, don't you?
I love you, sisters!