Insomnia and Jehoshaphat
Here’s a few thoughts running through my mind today.
Last night we attended the viewing of a dear woman who I’ve known since I was a kid. She battled cancer more than a decade ago, beat it, and lived her life a free woman, doing everything the doctors told her to do. Several weeks ago she was diagnosed with cancer again. Days ago she died. Another hero fallen in this war against cancer. My heart aches for her husband who has been since an encouragement to me over the years and for her kids and grand kids. I know there’s hope of a sweet reunion in Heaven some day but for now, I can only imagine how deep their pain must run.
Then, my wife’s friend since childhood, just 32, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery July 27. She is a wife and mother of two little boys. I know a little of what her and her husband the their families are going through. Being so young and vibrant and diagnosed with something like that is just devastating.
Cancer is no respecter of persons.
Last night I battled insomnia again. Haven’t had that problem since finishing up chemotherapy over six months ago. I think all these reminders of how frail and unpredictable life is got to me.
Now, a Bible verse I found. Wow, this is awesome. 2 Chronicles 20:12 (huh?). Yes, that’s right. King Jehoshaphat has just been notified that a bunch of his enemies have banded together and are on the war path. Like any of us would, he gets scared. But he does the right thing. He gathers the people and prays. At the end of the prayer is verse 12 which ends with Jehoshaphat saying, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you, Lord.”
How many times in life do we find ourselves in the same shoes as Jehoshaphat, facing an enemy that seems unbeatable? And all we can say is “Lord, I have no idea what to do, but I’m keeping my eyes on you.”
In the writing world, I’m about 38,000 words into my novel and quickly approaching that September 1 deadline. I think I have a rough outline of the rest of the book in my head. We’ll see how things change, though, as the story unfolds . . .