GOD’s got this

We buried a close family friend today. One of my dad’s oldest friends, a fellow church member, neighbor-down-the-road when my brothers and I were growing up.

It was sad yet triumphant. Cancer and pneumonia are no longer ravaging his earthly body. He’s basking in the splendor029 and radiance of his LORD and SAVIOR, an assurance his family and friends will cling to in the days to come.

A week ago Sunday we buried my dad’s older brother. We gathered with family members we’d seen seldom in the last twenty years. I re-introduced myself to cousins I’d not shared breathing space with for thirty-five years. Elated exclamations of “It’s so good to see you!” mixed with regretful murmurs, “Why did we let so many years go by …”

It was especially tough as he was the first of three siblings to pass. Yet we rejoiced that his twenty year battle with Parkinson’s disease had ended. We remembered his bravery in submitting to experimental procedures that paved the way for promising treatments and applauded his decision to donate his brain to research. He too gained his eternal reward and no doubt welcomed my dad’s long-time friend to heaven.

Pill Box

Pill Box

My daughter’s most recent battle with medical bureaucracy has heaped frustration and concern upon an already heavy load. Two weeks of shrugs, finger-pointing and “we have no idea what happened…” to secure insurance coverage for a much needed drug. This skirmish comes on the heels of a sixteen-month-and-counting ordeal of wading through mountains of red tape to gain approval and figure out the endless details for another needed medication. And how could I forget the brand-spanking-new, state-of-the-art piece of medical equipment that suddenly, unexplainedly stopped working. It appears an act of Congress may be required to get it replaced.

Yet our excitement spiked late last week with the official announcement of FDA approval for a drug that will address the basic defect that causes her cystic fibrosis. The answer to twenty-six years of prayers! When the discovery of the gene responsible for the majority of CF cases wowed the medical world the very week she was diagnosed in 1989, we knew GOD was already at work. What we prayed would be available within ten years, alas, took just shy of twenty-six years to arrive. Yet we rejoice and praise GOD for his provision through those long years.   flag - liberty

As our beloved country rocks with dissension, as hatred threatens the Christian tenets many of us hold dear, fear and uncertainty creep in, clouding the peace and joy that should reign in our hearts. We lament the way things used to be. We dread what may be ahead. We succumb to doubts and worry.

Let us be convinced that nothing that’s happened has been a surprise to GOD. Nothing that will transpire in the days to come will catch him by surprise.

If you are a Christian, you serve a GOD who cannot be defeated or crushed or lessened in anyway by the plots of man. Now more than ever we must seek HIS WORD to get our marching orders because we are soldiers in the LORD’s ARMY.HE has not abandoned us. Let’s not abandon HIM.

We long for smooth sailing, for easy everything—for pain and disease and calamity to pass us by. For longer—much longer—with our loved ones. For assurance of plenty in the days to come. Even as GOD’s word plainly tell us to expect the opposite of smooth sailing, it promises us that HE’s got this. Whatever “this” may be.file000125780080 (2)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Two songs have blanketed my mind in recent days.

Even So Come” by Kristian Stanfill

“Like a bride waiting for her groom
We’ll be a Church ready for You
Every heart longing for our King
We sing
Even so come
Lord Jesus, come…”

“We Won’t Be Shaken” by Building 429

“Whatever will come my way
Through fire or pouring rain
We won’t be shaken
No we won’t be shaken
Whatever tomorrow brings
Together we’ll rise and sing
That we won’t be shaken…”

Will you join me in clinging to the HOPE and PROMISE of Romans 8:31…

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” 

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6 thoughts on “GOD’s got this

  1. Thanks Beth, we all know this intellectually, but so many times we need reminders as our emotions drift toward despair in the face of struggles. Thanks for yet another reminder!!

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  2. Fantastically put. I got shivers! Thanks for the reminder – HE’s got this!

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  3. We DO need reminders, don’t we! Next time it will be me needing the reminder. 😉

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  4. I’ve been reading a lot of sad stuff on FB recently. It seems like a lot of people I know are going through one kind of trial or another. Some small, some big. I love your perspective on this that there is always positive in the negative. I think two of the greatest words in the Bible, which are repeated time and time again, are “But God…”

    Fantastic post.

    Now, tell me more about this drug for treating CF. I’m very interested from a genetics perspective.

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  5. Yes, “But GOD…” With HIM all things are possible!

    I think you’ll find the genetics quite fascinating, we do. When the gene was discovered in 1989, everyone thought a cure to be just around the corner. Being so new to everything, we clung fiercely to the doc’s prediction that there would be a CURE within her CHILDHOOD. So, we’re thinking 10-12 years TOPS, right?

    Well, soon a slightly different defect or mutation in that same gene was discovered. And then another one and another one. It’s now known that over 1800 different mutations on this one large gene on the (I think) 7th chromosome cause cystic fibrosis. Curing ONE particular defect is one thing, but every year more and more slightly different mutations popped up, greatly complicating the search for a cure. A few years ago the various defects were grouped into 6 categories/classes based on the exact loss of function the mutation produced. Even before that, people began having testing to determine their exact mutation as it was assumed that info would be needed at some point down the line.

    Jenna has 2 copies of the DF508 mutation, the most common mutation thought to cause 70-85 % of CF cases. About 2 years ago a drug called Kaledyco became available for a particular class of defects that effected about 5% of the CF population. I admit we were sorely disappointed the first major breakthrough DID NOT treat the most common defect. Yet researched promised other drugs would follow.

    This new drug, Orkambi, is actually the combination of Kaledyco and another drug. While many people saw great improvement with Kaledyco, others saw a less dramatic improvement and a few saw no measurable improvement. THe thing is, no lung damage will be repaired with any of these new drugs, YET the potential for better health is probable as the composition of the secretions in the lungs and other places in the body will become closer to what they should be.

    Many report better general health with fewer “exacerbations”, hospitalizations and a lessened need for IV antibiotics. So we are cheering and anxiously awaiting Jenna’s chance to see what it will do for her.

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