So begins the story I wrote for this latest book in the Guideposts Extraordinary Answers to Prayer series. I am honored to be included in a book that features such renowned writers as John and Elizabeth Sherrill. And, I’ve always wanted to write something for Guideposts. It was one of those “I’ll know I’m a writer when…” markers in my high-maintenance moments.
But, the thrill of being in the book was surpassed by the message the book itself sent me. Serenity’s cancer story had a happy ending. In the summer of 2010 she was declared Cancer Free!!!! For about two weeks. Then the doctors started talking about watching “these little blips in your lungs which are probably nothing.”
We went ahead and celebrated at our family reunion this summer as if no one had seen any blips. Yet, they lingered in our minds. And, then, they grew. Or they seemed to grow. How can you really tell with something so tiny it is still below the miniscule margin of error?
Last week we learned that Serenity will have to go through a lung biopsy soon. Everyone, including her doctors, believe these blips will turn out to be harmless scar tissue that most people carry around all their lives with no problem. We’ve heard such things before.
And, that is when my book arrived. I was thrilled to hold it in my hands, and overwhelmed to see Serenity’s story highlighted on the back cover. Then, I looked inside. In the back index, prayer needs are listed by topic. And here is what I found: If you need a miracle, turn to Page 12.
That’s us. Page 12. The story of how God met our needs, surpassed our expectations, carried us through terror, comforted us in grief, and sheltered us from fear — even when we didn’t know how things would turn out in the end.
And, I know He can do it again.