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Soaring Above Despair
by Dee Mapa
06/29/06
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Last Monday, I had to take my wife, Alma, to the hospital because she was going through severe pain.

Test results showed that the cancer metastasized further from her spine to her adjoining bones, which is causing the pain. Her physician told me that the best he could do was to prescribe pain relievers as nothing else could be done. He, however, advised that we see her oncologist.

After a long talk, Alma and I decided that she resign from her work and try to fight this battle head on. As I write, she is now in her school tendering her resignation.

With situations like this, it's easy to fall into despair. I almost did. Yet, with dark clouds seeming to begin to close in, a verse from the very first Psalm I memorized filtered in like a ray of light: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..."

Then it hit me: Many times I've been trying to chase down God's goodness and mercy and not finding them. Doors seemingly slam on me, friends are nowhere to be found, opportunties out of reach. For a person who can't run, I was like a headless chicken running around frantic for God's favor.

I realize now that all I have to do is wait for God's goodness and mercy to catch up with me. I had quickly forgotten the Bible's exhortation to "wait upon the Lord!"

It is not for me to run aimlessly and be in despair. It is for me to wait upon the Lord and soar.

I believe that Alma and I will soar!

"...But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles." -Isaiah 40:31

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