Savoring the blessing despite the trial

 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

~Genesis 50:20, English Standard Version

The last few days have been a whirlwind here.  After spending a week at the beach with family, we are now packing up to head to New Orleans and the neuroendocrine tumor clinic at Oschner Kenner. Considering the tragic circumstances in Louisiana, it seemed a shame to bring a perfectly good truck and 42′ travel trailer down empty; so we have spent the last four days working with a dear friend in Louisiana and contacting members of our church family to coordinate donations to bring with us.  The results have been overwhelming and found my hubby and I running around most of the day collecting donations, meeting people at the front door as they unloaded bags of clothing, and driving to our church to pick up a literal truckload of cleaning supplies.  Now with the truck filled to overflowing, all my medical records finally forwarded to the clinic, it is time to focus on packing our own much needed items, finish loading up the travel trailer, and attempt to get some sleep before we hit the road early tomorrow for the 17+ hour drive to Louisiana.

As all of this has been unfolding, I cannot help but see the divine hand of God.  It was less than a month ago when this opportunity to have my case reviewed by the specialists at Oschner Neuroendocrine Tumor clinic was presented to me and now here we are; not only am I going to be seen by the top specialists in the nation, but we have an opportunity to find incredible blessing in this trial.  If I had not been diagnosed with this rare cancer, the chance work with my incredible church family to bring such blessing to so many hurting people would not have been in the cards.  While Satan may try his best to inflict pain, God can take that pain and redeem it for His glory.  For that fact alone I feel truly blessed.

Louisiana here we come!


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