Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The gift...

Philippians 3:10...."I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death."

There are some gifts that dont cost a thing and then there are others that come with a high price tag. 

This is my second attempt at writing today's devotional and the only sentence that remains of the first draft is the one above. It seems that God had something else in mind. He always does. He always veers us off from the course we have set for ourselves. 

Last night was no different.

I was ready to write about what our forgiveness cost Christ when I watched a video that a friend of mine shared. I have mentioned her before on another blog, but here is the story again....

Her husband, Mike, was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer 6 months ago. It is one of the deadliest forms of cancer known. He already has survived longer than most and in spite of the surgery, chemotherapy and many trips back and forth to Duke he has been doing well. However their life has changed. Mike, his wife and their two kids are surviving day by day because that's all they can do right now. They dont know what the future holds, but they know what the statistics of this disease are and it's a grim picture.

That's their story, but its not finished yet. Only God knows what lies ahead for them, but they know something about gifts that come at a high price.

They know that there are lessons that can only be learned through trials. There are things about God that can only be known by experience. Sometimes we must pay a price or risk never knowing it. Mike put it best....

"I never would have asked for this brain cancer. I never would have asked for this journey that were on. However I wouldn't trade anything we have learned either."* 
Take it deeper....
Please take 10 minutes and watch this video of Mike Hearn speaking at their church. His words are much better than anything I could say. Also please pray for their family.

(Pause the music on my playlist before watching)

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