Sunday, March 20, 2011

Two Weeks Notice

There is a book by Steven Furtick, entitled Sun Stand Still.This weekend I heard him preach a message from his book. Very powerful. Wow....that blog coming next.

I have lived a Sun Stand Still prayer. Here's what happened recently. About 3 weeks ago, we got news that the type of cancer my husband survived 17 years ago, was potentially a genetic cancer that now would affect our children. Why didn't we know this 17 years ago? The defining blood test was not available then. But by all the indications on his records, there was evidence that, yes indeed, he had the genetic cancer. That meant that now our kids had to be tested and their chance of getting cancer was a 50/50 chance of having the cancer-causing gene. If positive, then it was sure they would get the same kind of cancer that their dad had and also their next generation of kids would have to be tested also at the age of 10. If negative, then it was over.

I don't know if you have had to deal with cancer, but when you get news like this, it was like I was hearing it again for the first time. It stopped me in my faith tracks. I couldn't deal with the idea of my kids having it. Who could? We have been dealing with cancer and it's side effects for the last decade and a half. I ran the whole gamut of emotions in my head. Needless to say, there were a lot of tear-filled moments. So there was only one thing we could do...we called all the "big guns" out for prayer. The heavy hitters, the serious. Those who knew us, those who cared.

I knew there was a miracle in this somewhere. I just didn't know where. I needed a Sun Stand Still prayer. The first step was getting the genetic test for Terry, to make sure that it was indeed a genetic cancer. The test was expensive, $1200, but thank goodness for insurance. We braced ourselves for the worst case scenario. We told the kids the potential outcome. They were shaken, I was floored. Others went to the floor for us. God heard plenty about our request. I know that. Next we prayed with intention and was told we had to wait for two weeks for the results.

I will say those were the most excruciating two weeks of our lives, so far this year. I kept thinking about the blood test and praying for negative results and how I was going to love God anyway. "God, we need a miracle here, but even if you do not, I will love you anyway." That's hard prayer to pray when you can't control the outcome. Each time I prayed, I prayed the miracle. I prayed for it all to be over and to give God the glory. We claimed scripture, Eph. 3:20-21. We praised Him in our storm.

The two-week-waiting period was up and it was time to find out. And the answer was...negative. The blood test came back negative!!!! God answered our Sun Stand Still prayer! I prayed for God's best, we got God's best. Don't doubt that God is still in the miracle business. Negative results brought positive responses. There was much rejoicing in the Keith camp. Now I know for certain that I would not have been as happy if we had gotten a positive test back, but even if God did not...we were going to love Him anyway. I will be honest with you. It would have been a hard pill to swallow.

We recently were in the doctor's office again and again discussed the whole event with the genetic tester. She was so happy for us. We told her that the prayers of God's people were the catalyst in getting us through. She said "It's good to have God on your side." Yes, true, but even better ....I say, "It's GOOD to be on God's side."

"If the size of the vision and dream you have for your life isn't intimidating to you, there's a good chance it's insulting to God." ~ Steven Furtick. So ask, obey, wait, and watch God work.

What are you praying for that you believe in God for?
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