I have probably started this post a hundred times in my mind and each time it sounded different. But here I go. I am going to give it my best try…
Many of you have read my book, Road Trip, A personal journey through life’s detours and pit-stops or heard me share my story.
It seems that I am faced with an unexpected detour.
I have battled Cushing’s Syndrome for thirty-one years. I have been free of the disease for fifteen years. For the last few months I have experienced some health issues that have led us down this path once again. After meeting with my Dr. at UVA she confirmed Cushing’s Syndrome has returned in two areas. Cushing’s is a rare endocrine or hormonal disorder. It occurs when the adrenal glands release too much of the hormone cortisol into your body.
As I thought about a detour, the Lord impressed on my heart when we hit a detour or see that unwanted sign on the road ahead, we have to trust the unknown direction we are about to take. We have to trust those who posted the signs to guide us to our destination.
That’s how it is with God. There are times we don’t know what lies ahead (and I am so thankful for that, aren’t you?) but we have to trust He knows. Even though I may waver at times, He’s always faithful. And I cling to Psalm 63:8, “I follow close to you; your right hand holds me up.”
I recently read a quote by Tony Evans that has resonated with me during this trial and valley, “It could be that you don’t have an answer, but God does.”
I am not going to pretend I am not scared and uncertain about my future. I am. But I have to look back and see all God has brought me through and trust He will do it again.
And like so many times when I share with women, I ask, “will you trust Him to write the second part of your story?”
Jessie, will you trust God to write the second part of your story?
I am so thankful for the many people who are already praying for me and upholding my arms when I can’t. On the other side of this detour, I am hoping to have a new message on Moses, Aaron, and Hur (Exodus 17:8-15). . .The battle can’t be fought alone. We need each other and focus our gaze on Jesus to carry us.
With sharing all this, I will be taking a sabbatical through the end of the year to determine the best plan of action to treat this new finding. We will keep you updated as we progress forward.
Would you please pray for me, my husband, John, and our two girls and their families to find joy in the journey and trust God. And for the wisdom of the doctors?
I love you all and thank God for you!
Journeying with Him,