Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mission Accomplished

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...

17 comments:

wfinke said...

Congratulations Lindsey! I'm so excited for you. I'm really impressed with the chemo center. It seems like a very supportive environment. Every time I visit our cancer center, I'm not all that impressed. I'm glad that there are places out there that support and cheer their patients on. God is so faithful, and I have been blessed by watching you go through this journey. Your attitude and humility is inspiring. Thank you again for sharing.

Sherrie said...

Congratulations on finishing chemo and the new house. May God continue to bless you.

Amy said...

I am SO happy for both of you!
I pray that God continues to shower you both with blessings in this new chapter of your lives together.
{Jeremiah 29:11}

In Christ,
Amy:)

the undomesticated wife said...

What an awesome day! Done with chemo, and starting a life in your new home!

countrygirl3031 said...

Congratulations Lindsey ... that is such wonderful news. You have such a great family and so supportive.

Congrats also on the new home! Can't wait to see pics!

Hugz,
Michele

mckenziegordon said...

That's amazing Lindsay! I've gotten updates on your journey through Rachael and I was so happy to come across your blog. You and your husband have been in our prayers! Congratulations on making it through!

Lindsey said...

Congratulations Lindsey! I am so excited for you!!! What a blessing to have chemo in such a supportive community. Praise God you are done with it and have a new beginning in a new home! So exciting!!

one of nettie's girls said...

I can add an asterik and the word PRAISE to your name on my prayer list! Yeah for being through with chemo. You are staying on the list, though. I am praying for complete recovery and a return of strength to you.

Kelli Davis said...

I'm sitting here this Monday morning, eating oatmeal, crying tears of joy for you and Brian. This is such awesome news- congratulations!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Yay! Congrats on being done with the chemo! You are such a strong person and have been so graceful through all of this. You will continue to be in my prayers.

Megan said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful accomplishment--and you have been such an inspiration. Thank you for your story.

The Pink Potpourri said...

what an incredible blessing. my eyes welled up with tears reading your post. God is SO good! you are such a strong, amazing woman!

Liz said...

Oh Lindsey, reading this brought tears to my eyes. I'm so thankful the Lord gave you two fantastic blessings in one day. I'll continue to pray for you, that God will continue to rain blessings on you and your sweet husband. I'm so glad I met you out here in blog-world. You are such an inspiration.

Bee said...

Praise the Lord!! God is so good! This is wonderful news!

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Bee said...

And it is not a coincidence that you moved into a new home the same day your chemo ended! God is amazing and keeping his hands on you. You and Brian are such a blessing to so many people. Hugs:)

Mrs. Cup said...

You are amazing! Congratulations on finishing chemo and on moving in! I agree with you....God is so good to give you a real symbol of a new beginning!