Comfort in Unfamiliarity

(Guest post by Matt)

I write this blog post at Stephanie’s request while sitting in a vast expanse of a waiting room. This is not the usual waiting room I write from on surgery days. In fact, this isn’t even the usual hospital that I write from. Today’s surgery is taking place at a different location than the others, because today’s surgery is in a different part of Stephanie’s body.

To catch up those who may not know, Stephanie’s most recent CT scan revealed something on or near her left adrenal gland. This comes after months of thinking we were out of the woods with surgeries. After getting the results, Stephanie and I consulted a friend from our church who is a pediatric urologist. This led us to a referral to another doctor, who is regarded as the top adrenal surgeon in the state of Colorado. After meeting with him, the decision was made to get into the operating room soon to remove whatever this mass is. As I write, Stephanie’s patient number is still green on the board in the waiting room, which means that she is currently in the operating room having it removed.

Another surgery is not what we wanted. It’s not what we expected. Nerves get heightened with each surgery that happens. We are both over it, and we never want to have to step foot in a hospital again. But at the same time, we know that God is still good. We are still believing in miracles. We’re believing that whatever this thing is that is on or around her adrenal is benign. As scary as it is, we still have faith.

One of our friends from church told us something a couple weeks ago that still resonates with me. She said that God has provided a stage through Stephanie’s story and, because of that, people are watching. It’s one thing for the miraculous to happen when no one is paying attention, but it’s quite another for God to show off when people are paying attention. That’s what we are believing. We believe that no matter what happens, God will show up and show off to proclaim His name to people who may not know who He is.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. Keep them coming, because there is power in prayer. We’re believing.

Mark 5:36 (ESV)

“Do not fear, only believe.”

3 Comments on Comfort in Unfamiliarity

  1. Marilyn
    June 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM (6 months ago)

    Keeping you both in my prayers. You are right — GOD IS GOOD!! Keep the faith

  2. penny keller
    June 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM (6 months ago)

    Matt, you are a trooper; there is no way to describe how great what you are doing is. You make huge sacrifices and you love Stephanie. This is a rotten deal and I am praying like crazy, with you guys, that this is benign and that this will be the end of hospitals for you guys, till you are both very old.
    Hang in there and please let us know when you know, what that darn stuff in her is.
    Take Care Matt, God is with you both in this! And He will see you through. There have been so many prayers in her behalf.

    Penny Keller

  3. Sharon
    June 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM (6 months ago)

    Praying everything went well. Please update when you can!