Do you ever just sit quietly before the Lord for a minute and think, "Wow, God! What in the world did I do to deserve such immense blessing?" That's the state of mind that I'm in this evening as I write this post. I wish that I had some pictures to share with you from the past 2 days, but I'm not sure that even they would fully communicate my overwhelming feelings of gratefulness to God.
Yesterday, was a special day. I did not plan on being so overcome with emotion as I walked out of the chemo lab, done with chemo for the last time. I had tears of joy as I walked out of that place, and so did the nurses. At the cancer center, they do a big hoopla for you when you complete your treatments. I was adorned with a lei, presented a certificate, a Survivor keychain, and a breast cancer ribbon bear. I walked out of there, rang the completed chemo bell, and cheered, as those around me cheered for me, too. I was literally moved with emotion at what God has brought me, an undeserving sinner, through. Y'all it was such a picture of redemption for me. I began this journey as an infected, diseased human in need of healing. Through a series of complicated trials and difficult lessons, I finished the process as a healthy person. Isn't this what God does for us? He cleanses us from our tainted selves, so that we might emerge as new creations in Him. Wow!
After chemo, I had a celebratory lunch with my family, and then Brian and I went to get the keys to our new home. Y'all, we hit the floor running, and we actually slept at our new house last night. Today, we were blessed to have so many friends and family members help us move and unpack. We are surrounded by the family of God, and there's just nothing like that. I've never met such an eager group of servant-minded people. They jumped in there, and had us moved in less than 3 hours. UNBELIEVABLE!
And now, I'm tired. I'm beginning to feel the effects of chemo - the stiffness, the body aches, the sore throat and mouth, the nausea and ravenous hunger that go hand-in-hand (until you've been through chemo, I don't think that you could understand it). But, this is it. I don't have to think, "Just 3 more times of this. Just two more times. If I can just do this once more." I'm DONE!
God's timing is so perfect. He had us close this sick, cancer-filled chapter of our lives on the same day that we physically moved into a new home. Coincidence? I think not. I think this is just par for the course for my God. I am so looking forward to a new season. A new chapter. A new life.
Until next time...