Well it is day 8 in the hospital and day 6 of chemotherapy. Jeff went home to play in the snow and have dinner with Nicky and Michael.
I am still at Justin’s bedside. I have been able to eat, shower and sleep so that has helped immensely. I’m experiencing some pretty intense cabin fever. I have not been outdoors or anywhere outside his room besides the cafeteria and a few other rooms on the oncology floor.
It’s a small price to pay, though, for the ability to be here for Justin and take part in his care. All through the day, I’ve been encouraging Justin to stand and take steps.
We started out slow with standing to use the bathroom while holding the handrail. As his confidence grew, Justin continued to progress throughout the day. About five minutes ago, he walked to and from the bathroom, only holding my hands for balance. This is amazing progress! He said his feet hurt slightly, but he was able to bear his weight.
Of course I am thrilled and praising God for this answer to prayer. However, I know that true faith continues to praise and trust even when things don’t go the way we want them to. Real trust says, “your will be done,” just as Jesus said in “The Lord’s Prayer” and in the Garden of Gethsemane before He went to the cross.
This is the kind of soul bending faith to which I am being called. Will I still trust and praise if Justin’s condition takes a turn for the worse?
As you continue to pray for Justin, please add that my faith will stand the test, whatever may come. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He does require that we persevere in faith until the end.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13
Grace be with you, my friends.