At the beginning of each year, God and I usually settle on a theme for our time together. I don't know if that is just our relationship or not, but that is how it is with us. When the phrase "Thy Will Be Done" kept popping up as the theme for 2016, I must admit I wasn't sure what to think.
My first thought was, "Why is this the theme, God? Is there something I am doing out of your will? What is it? Show it to me." Like normal, I was talking to much and asking too many questions. I kind of felt like God gave me the same look that I have sometimes given my own boys. The same one when I say, "Asked and answered."
I settled into the theme and began to pray this as He asked. However, every situation that came up I would ask Him. "Is this it, God? Is this why you picked "They Will Be Done"? One day I felt Him asking, "If it is or if it isn't, what is your answer?" Seriously, some days I think I have grown so much in my relationship/friendship with Him and other days I realize that God has serious patience with me.
The past months I studied Scripture and really settled into God's challenge of "Thy Will Be Done". I felt His peace and presence. He even directed me back to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace and their statement of "...and if not, He is still God!" (Daniel 3:17-18)
When the call came telling us about Donald's cancer, that could have been a terrifying moment, but it wasn't. It definitely took us by surprise. After all, he had a biopsy before surgery that did not show any cancer. However, when they called and told us the first thought that came into my mind was, "Thy Will Be Done" and a complete peace washed over me.
That peace has permeated our family as we have faced surgery, every test, waited for the tumor boards and multiple pathologists and consultations.
To God Be the Glory! Great Things He Has Done... Is Doing... and Will Do!
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3