Friends and family rallied and took our kids Saturday and most of Sunday the first weekend. We were four days into appointments, researching, scans and the like, and we needed a break. Anna and I took our dog Lucy and went on a long walk around the UW horticultural gardens. We continued our reading of Luke 18 together. Upon first reading the story, it didn’t seem to apply. It was about a rich man with money after all, but Jesus’ final statement caught our attention:
“On day one the local officials asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?” Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good—only God. You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.” He said, “I’ve kept them all for as long as I can remember.”
When Jesus heard that, he said, “Then there’s only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me.” This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go. Seeing his reaction, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who have it all to enter God’s kingdom? I’d say it’s easier to thread a camel through a needle’s eye than get a rich person into God’s kingdom.” “Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked.
“No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” (Luke 18:18-27)
From the moment those dreaded words came out of the Dr’s mouth, “…you have cancer.” we have clearly known that Anna cannot pull it of by herself. We were so encouraged walking around the horticultural gardens that brisk spring morning to read the words of Jesus, “Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”
We are trusting God to do this, and He is doing it! Anna is feeling healthy and strong. She is encouraged by the intimate way that God is meeting her in this journey. The many people who have gathered around her to agree and believe that she has every chance in the world also encourages her deeply. Thanks be to God!