The Valley Ahead


Well, here I am again, standing on the ridge of this valley called Chemotherapy dreading the journey that looms ahead of me. My treatment is Wednesday and each time the side effects have gotten worse and lasted longer. In fact, some of them are not subsiding from treatment to treatment. My toes are still numb, I still have a lingering queasiness, and my tongue is still desensitized which messes with my taste–I love hot and spicy now even more than sweet. You think they make jalapeno donuts?

It’s usually about this time that I start getting anxious about the upcoming treatment. Now that I know what to expect my mind likes to dwell on those four or five days following treatment when the darkness creeps in and shadows follow me. Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.

Last night at church a verse popped out at me and it was just what I needed. Revelation 19:11 (talking about Jesus’ second coming) says, I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider [Jesus] is called Faithful and True.

In Scripture Jesus is often called names that reflect His character. Faithful and True. I like that. I need that.

No matter what this valley contains, no matter what the journey through it is like, no matter how dark it gets or uncomfortable or frightening, no matter how long it lasts, I can rest assured that I have a Companion and that He is faithful and true. Always.

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Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on September 22, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -We continue to pray not only for your healing, but strength and courage for the journey. One thing I found as my husband went through treatment, just because he had problems with one didn’t mean he would experience difficulty with all of them. Sometimes we were told, “Oh this one won’t be so bad. Most people sail through this.” That treatment turned out to be one his worst for side effects. Other treatments they expected major problems and he didn’t have even one side effect. We learned not to expect and dread the next treatment, but kept healing scriptures in our minds and hearts.I hope in some small way this encourages you. Blessings,Susan

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  2. I don’t know about jalapeno donuts, but I once made Cajun-garlic pancakes for a friend from India. He asked for seconds.On a more serious note, may you enjoy the company of good travel companions along this next stretch. Press on.

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  3. Augustine said ” God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love…”He loves you .I will be there lifting you in prayer tomorrow and in the days to come.As will the others here in cyberspace who are praying. Just imagine us all surrounding you ….if our ugly mugs aren’t too scary!!! Don’t be afraid,God’s timing is a mystery.Habakkuk2.3 He has the whole situation timed and will not let it overcome you.So get your spiritual armour out of the closet and chink your way to that clinic. Jenni

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  4. Augustine said ” God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love…”He loves you .I will be there lifting you in prayer tomorrow and in the days to come.As will the others here in cyberspace who are praying. Just imagine us all surrounding you ….if our ugly mugs aren’t too scary!!! Don’t be afraid,God’s timing is a mystery.Habakkuk2.3 He has the whole situation timed and will not let it overcome you.So get your spiritual armour out of the closet and chink your way to that clinic. Jenni

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  5. Mike, I am praying for you and your family as you walk through this journey. “Because Mike loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Ps 91:14-16 NIV)

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