Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Beauty in a Promise

One thing I really love about living in Texas is the sky (we see lots of it around here-not many trees in Abilene) and I have gotten some of the prettiest pictures since living here of the sunrises and sunsets.  The other day on our way home from picking up the boys from school this was our view on the way to our house.  Breathe taking.  I didn't have my camera so we quickly drove home and I ran into the house to get it and we drove back out to take some photos.     I love how the clouds behind the rainbow show off the colors of it so well.  We couldn't see the whole thing but you could follow the arch because you could catch glimpses of it in different places in the sky.  We drove to the park where it seemed the other end was.  It was lighter (the end picture with the light post) but it was still pretty.





  

We had a great discussion about what the rainbow meant-the promise it was from God.  Brandon (my son that just turned 7 was so proud when he announced that it was God's promise to Moses-and my Derek who was 8 was quite disgusted at that and informed him it was Noah.  To which Brandon replied he knew that.  We got to talk about God's promise to all of us though and it was really neat.

I had found out that my dear friend Donna's husband (who had surgery to remove half of his left lung back in March due to cancer) had gone back to the Dr. for his first CAT scan since having chemo after the surgery-only for them to find a spot they didn't like in the lower half of the same lung.  He had to have a PET scan done on Thursday to see if it indeed is more cancer.  They got the results yesterday-the cancer has returned and they will now have to do radiation since it grew while he was doing chemo.   They saw two different Dr.'s yesterday, one was not very positive, looking at this as only extending his life and probably not a cure, the other (who will do the radiation was more positive) he said he has seen more spots throughout people's bodies that have been cured before and since his is in just the one location and they will be able to solely radiate there-he thinks the chances of a cure are good.

Donna is understandably shaken.  They have been married 39 years-he is her soul mate and she said to me "I can't imagine my life without him-we have been married since we were 18." 
Please keep them in your prayers their names our Wayne and Donna and he starts treatment (5 days a week for 6 weeks) on Friday.  They are not sure what the outcome will be, and what the side effects will be for him either.  Our God knows though and I am praying that He will comfort them both and give them the grace to get through this and what ever the outcome is that His glory will be revealed through it all.  Please pray for me that I will be a anchor for her during this storm-that I would know the right things to say or when to be silent-the shoulder she needs to cry on if she needs to and whatever happens that I would be the hands, feet, arms, legs, the body of Christ in human form for her-a God given friend to get her through this.

This rainbow meant a lot to me-it reminded me that God does give us promises-not that everything in life would be easy-almost the opposite if we follow Him, but that He promises that no matter what we go through He understands what we are going through and loves us and carries us through it.  It made we think of a line from a song "Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child."
So thankful in my own life that I don't go through the "storms of life" alone.

Thanks for your prayers.  I will keep you updated.
On this Pathway-
Jill

5 comments:

Janet said...

I love the sky and the rainbow. I am keeping your friends in my prayers. We need to keep our eyes on God.
I also love your post today. I believe God is working through you to bring such beautiful words of truth to us.

Blessings & Hugs
Janet

cooperkelly4 said...

What beautiful photos! For some reason I wasn't receiving your blog updates, but just got a whole bunch today. Good to "see" you and praying for you too. =0)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So sorry....but so glad God touched you with His truth, even spoken through your children. And yes sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms His child.
Blessings as God gives you the right things to do and say to bring comfort to her during this time...so, so hard.

Oh, I knew you would enjoy that post...does that make you feel you are in good company?? It happens to us all doesn't it?
Have a great weekend...thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment..it lets me know you are doing well...blessings on school!

Trisha said...

Jill,
Your pictures are beautiful. How good God is to give us constant reminders of His faithfulness.

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's husband's diagnosis. May you continue to encourage them in the LORD. No doubt God will use you to bless them greatly during this very, very hard time.

Blessings to you, sweet friend!

BARBIE said...

What beautiful pictures. I will keep your friends in my prayers.