Our family has been on an emotional roller coaster for the last several weeks. As we were getting ready to celebrate Bethany and Ryan’s wedding July eleventh, my father-in-law Carl was diagnosed with lung cancer in June. Instead of having my mother-in-law and father-in-law with us in Oregon for the wedding, we had to make plans to move them from Cape May Point, New Jersey to our home in Knoxville so we could help them seek out better medical care in a supportive environment.
(If you are interested in hearing more details, you can find his story on the following blog I have been writing for him: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/carlschupp/journal)
Rick left before the end of the wedding reception to fly out to New Jersey to pick up his parents and drive them to our house. The day after they arrived, he and Jonathan left for their two week European tour that they have been planning for the last two years.
I am convinced that the Lord has kept us in perfect peace over the past several weeks because we have trusted in Him. He has been with us at each doctor’s visit. He has been with us in providing meals through some of my dear friends and co-workers. He has been with us in giving us friends and extended family who have written, visited, called, and most importantly, prayed with us and for us.
I don’t have any better words than “perfect” and “transcending understanding” to describe the spirit of peace that has been reigning in our home . I am so grateful for this gracious gift from Him. I am praying and trusting that it will continue now that Rick and Jonathan have returned from their trip and as Rick’s sisters Elizabeth and Holly have come to visit. We don’t know how much longer we’ll have Pop Pop with us, but we do want to enjoy the time we do have with him. Instead of worrying, crying, despairing and asking “what if?”, we can choose to enjoy sweet time together recalling all the good memories we have of his life lived long and well. The only way this will be possible is if we keep our hearts and spirits surrendered to the peace of God.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7