Tonight i started my blogspot. The last several days have been long. My wonderful girlfriend Melissa had her surgery on Wednesday and it was successful! She is recovering right now, so make sure to pray for her to heal quickly, please! Also, pray for me to have strength and that i stay focused on Christ and not the circumstances.
We rejoice in the fact that the Lord did a mighty work! We do not understand why she had this tumor, but God has told us in His word the reason why. As i was reading through the Gospel of John, i came across two verses that spoke to me boldly concerning why Melissa had this tumor, or why she had to go through this experience.
As the disciples were debating among each other on whether or not the blind man was cursed because of his disability, they asked Jesus if he had sinned or if his parents had sinned regarding this man's blindness. Jesus responded "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him." (John 9:3)
Two chapters later, instead of dealing with the disciples, Jesus is now with Mary and Martha, and they express emotionally to Jesus that Lazarus was really sick. They were very weary but when Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." (John 11:4)
God clearly says in his word that we have disease, disabilities, and disorders because of sin.(see Genesis 3:16-24, Isaiah 24:5, Romans 3:23, 8:20-22) However, Jesus declares that these things are not to punish us, but to bring Him praise through the circumstances. "Neither her or her parents have sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in Melissa," Jesus explains. "This tumor is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it," Jesus encourages. What a comfort. The Lord showed these verses to me while i was at the doctors office waiting to hear and see the MRI results before her surgery this summer.
This surgery was a calling to gather Melissa's family and friends together and pray through tough times and difficult days. Melissa's doctor is an awesome godly man who prayed for us before, during, and after the surgery! What a blessing that was, and a great witness too. He was amazed at the size of her tumor, and one day when she has kids, others will be amazed as well. To God be the glory!