“Brother John” (Part II) “The Partial Results Are In…”
August 30, 2005
By: Lisa Velez
Ok, so I called John about a half hour ago and found out “partial” results from his medical tests.
John told me that the doctor said that the growth they found is in fact a tumor. So far, it looks to be normal and benign, but since it is a tumor, the doctors don’t know if there are others anywhere else in John’s body. So, for the next month, John told me, he is going to have to endure more tests and more waiting, to make sure that he doesn’t have any more tumors that could be malignant. But, still I hereby stand against that in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
At least, so far it’s good news, which I know we will continue to hear.
It’s always said that, it’s usually not the results that are the bad thing, but the waiting is what almost paralyzes you.
Last week, John, his family and friends like me only had to wait a little week, and now we have to wait a whole month! Realizing this, it makes that week, which at the time seemed like forever, actually seem like nothing at all. Nevertheless, even though it’s hard for us to wait this month, I think of what John must be going through. I know it must be the hardest for him to have to go through everything that he is right now.
I can remember waiting in the line of cars when I was 17 in February of 1992, waiting at the motor vehicle to take my road test. The waiting was a killer. I remember almost panicking sitting next to my Dad, thinking to myself all the ways my test could go wrong. And of course, like most people do, I failed the first time because I was too tense when it came to parallel parking. But, when I took the test the second time, there I was waiting again, for what seemed like forever, but the test went so much easier and I passed with flying colors! And after the test was completed, all that waiting was behind me and it didn’t seem so bad. My Dad and I actually had not waited “that” long, it just seemed like it because I was anxious to get the test over with. And I survived, we survived and now I’m driving all over God’s Creation.
So, here we are again. And even though there stands between our sanity those thirty days until the final results come in, optimistically we still can ban together and pray and fellowship and lift each other up in this time of need.
Many times, God hands us tests like these in our lives to see how our faith will hold up. Will we give up and blame everything on God, or will we be strong and lift one another before Him, never giving in to the devil’s taunting?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not pleased that there is now a whole month of waiting ahead of us all, but I do stand firm in God’s word knowing that He and He alone will get us through it. God knows our hurts and our concerns; God knows how important John is to all of us, especially his family. God will be with us and help us carry on and unite us together in love and courage.
And when John’s tests are over and the results are as “wonderful” as we are expecting and “claiming” them to be in the Savior’s Name, then we will rejoice and realize that our new found testimony and joy was well worth the wait just to share it with others, who may need just a little bit of the faith and hope that we have.
And so, once again I wait…only not with panic and terror in my heart, but with the belief and faith in my God that John will indeed be healed of his pain and sickness. God sees and hears all things and He will never leave or forsake us. As long as I cling to that truth, and the hand of the almighty and bring my brother John and his family every day before the throne of grace and love, then we’ll all get through this waiting with all our hair, our sanity and our strengthened faith.