April 6, 2022
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

I moved from NE Ohio to central Ohio in mid-2019 to be near The James for cancer treatment of my Hodgkin's Lymphoma. God gave us so many signs along this life changing journey and opened doors that it was hard not to notice Him being near us.
And then 2021 came and a third major cancer had invaded my body with a large cancerous growth in my nose that had metastasized into my lymph nodes of the neck. This just reconfirmed our decision of moving, so we were at peace with the diagnoses and care we were about to receive.

But God showed His presence to us along the way. I had just been forthright with my surgeon and asked if he were a man of faith. He assured me he was and confirmed that by sharing how he was teaching his son to pray. After the surgery a friend had sent me a photo of God directing the scalpel for the surgeon, who in this case looked 99% like my surgeon. I shared this with my doctor, Dr V, who asked that I email it to him as a reminder.
Then one night in the hospital I had a vivid dream with unbelievable clarity including Jesus in all of His glory. He asked me what I most wanted, and I replied, “to remain on earth with my wife to continue to serve Him.” He told me then it shall be done, putting any anxiety at ease.

From post-surgery came the need for radiation and another doctor. After meeting Dr M, I took his hand into mine, looked into his eyes, and said “I trust you and God to ensure I am cured.” He looked back at me and said he was glad I said that because without God nothing is possible. His radiology is all dependent upon God. Then at a later appointment he asked if we minded if he prayed for us... nothing like holding hands in an examination room being prayed for by the radiologist.

So, during this past year God has shown Himself through the faith of doctors, through a dream, and during discipling of others who listen to my story. God is real!


(Source: Powell United Methodist Church.