Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Amazing Gift

I just want to share another amazing gift God has given me. 32 weeks into the treatment and I’m tired. It is getting much harder to motivate myself to get up and go to school. We went to Nicaragua to renew our visa again. I got there and was so tired from the trip that I slept all day Sunday and was not able to go to the small church that our friends worked with. This church had planned a service for us to attend followed by a dinner and cultural dancing by the children. I was really looking forward to it but didn’t feel I was up to the long bus ride and the heat so I stayed in our rental house and rested. By Tuesday I had an upset stomach so I didn’t go on the beach trip, cathedral tour or the boat ride around the lake where monkeys actually came onto the boat and sat in people’s laps. By the time we got back home I was really sick. For the whole next week I couldn’t go to school, could hardly walk ten feet. Everything I ate went though me in a matter of minutes/hours so I was getting no nutrition and adding to the weakness and headaches. I was getting very depressed. I was ready to quit, there were only two more weeks of school. What could I learn in only two more weeks? I just wanted to stay home and be sick.

Then my sister came to town. She is ten years older than me so when we were kids we didn’t get to really know each other. She was moved out by the time I was eight. It has only been in the last several years that we have actually gotten to talk and get to know each other. She came to Costa Rica from Canada (where she lives) to have some dental work done. She had no idea where in Costa Rica I was in relation to where she had be recommended to go. She had made her reservations last year. Turns out she was a 15 minute taxi ride from us. So she had three days off while they were making her crowns and she came to visit.

I had gotten some antibiotics from the doctor and was finally felling a little better when she arrived. We had a great time chatting away “like cackling hen” as a dear friend of mine would say. As I went to bed after the first evening with her some puzzle pieces fell into place. (that’s how I describe what happens when God shows me how He has orchestrated events in my life)

That very morning my husband had shared with me that a couple of weeks ago in a bible study he went to he had an epiphany. The study was on Job. The story of Job is a very profound story with layers of meaning and revelation. Like all of God’s word reviewing it only reveals a new angle and insight previously overlooked. He shared the fact that satan had to ask permission from God to test Job. Showing God is more powerful than the satan is or ever will be.

If you don’t know the story here is a brief re-cap. Job was a devout man of God. He had a personal relationship with God and God had blessed him with a wonderful family, prosperous fields, wealth, and great stature in the community. Satan was allowed to take away each of those blessing one by one to prove that Job would relinquish his God if he didn’t have all the “stuff”. But Job did not, he lost his family, his money, his crops failed, he became sick. His best friends told him that it was because of sin in his life but Job knew that he was right with God and held fast to that belief. What my husband shared with me is how it related to our situation. Job did not know that God was aware of this process; he did not know that satan had asked permission and that God had granted permission. Job only knew that his life was falling apart around him. But what he did know was his God. He knew that God was faithful and that whatever he had or didn’t have was more than he deserved. My husband shared that he saw the parallel to me. That God is in control and is aware of everything I feel and go through. I am not saying that this illness was brought on by satan. It could have been or it could be circumstances of life – that is not the point. The point is that God is in control of EVERYTHING!

So when my depression was getting the best of me, just when I couldn’t take any more, God sent me my sister to lift my spirits and cheer me up! How great is our God that such a detail was not missed? That he would care so much for me, that He would bother to arrange such an encounter? And not a last minute solution but one planed almost a year in advance. God knew a year ago that this week I would need encouragement. If she had come one week earlier we were in Nicaragua and I would have missed her. Two weeks later and we would have already been headed back to the states. She had no idea where in Costa Rica we were when she made her plans; Perfect timing as always.

I feel so rejuvenated and ready to go to my classes and finish my task. And so humbled that the God of the universe cares so much for me that He would make the effort to arrange so many details just to lift my spirits and give me the encouragement to finish the task that He has placed before me.

I bow before Him once again in awe that a sinner such as I should have such a privilege.