As we were driving down the road the other day, my daughters were discussing things they would like to have. My six year old daughter suddenly said “We can just pray for it right mommy?” Concerned my daughter was thinking of God like a “genie in a bottle” I did my best to give a quick spiritual lesson. I replied, “Yes honey…we can ask God for anything but remember…that doesn’t mean we will get it. God answers our prayers in one of three ways…yes, no, and wait. Yes means ‘Yes, you can have this, it is My best for you and I want you to have my best.’ No means ‘I know you want it bad but it just isn’t my best for you so you cannot have it.’ Wait means ‘I know you want an answer but, right now, you just need to wait. I am teaching you something so pay attention and just wait for the answer.’” My six year old replied, “God is telling us ‘wait’ right now isn’t He mama?” Assuming we were still talking about a new Frozen doll or going to the zoo, I smiled and said, “About what baby?’
“Uncle Travis….” my six year old replied.
In my effort to teach my six year old a lesson about God my six year old taught me. You see…it is easy for me to explain to my children that God may tell us to wait about a doll…or a trip to Disney…but apply it to “real life” and suddenly I struggle.
It’s a lot harder to accept when we are begging God for a miracle. Begging God for healing. Begging God for relief from pain and He says…
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Travis and Carrie. When your weeks are filled with physical pain…emotional pain…sadness beyond comprehension and you cry out to your Savior…it’s hard to hear…
Travis has been off chemo for 2 1/2 weeks. Outside of a short week of victory, Travis’ cancer has been untreated for seven months. Seven months of chemo and trials that have brought on horrible side effects. Seven months of prayers asking for healing. Asking for victory. Asking for just a bit of good news. And all Travis and Carrie have heard is…
As we reported in the last post Travis is up for a new trial but it is a race against the clock. The good news is they have gotten the first of a few “yeses” they need. They head to The National Institute for Health tomorrow in Washington D.C. to meet with doctors about the trial. He is actually being considered for three separate trials. There is little doubt he will get into a trial if the cancer has not gone out of control since his last scan two weeks ago. After all, there is a “point of no return” and the prayer is that Travis’ cancer has not gotten to that point while he has had to….wait.
Yesterday the Roberts met with the elders of the church. In James 5:14, the Bible instructs those who are sick to call the elders of the church to pray over them, and so, that is what they did ahead of their trip to Washington D.C. Their expectation was for the elders to pray Travis would get in the trial. To pray the cancer had not spread beyond that point of no return. To pray for a chance.
But the elders did not pray for a chance.
To the Roberts surprise and inspiration the elders boldly asked for so much more. The elders asked for complete and total healing. The elders prayed that God would baffle the scientists and doctors and, upon arrival to D.C., the scans would show…nothing. Travis explained that the miracle would be getting into the trial and the trial working. After all, nobody beats Cholangiocarcinoma…nobody.
Between you and me…I was glad Travis explained that. I wanted God to have some “wiggle room”. I wanted to be able to explain to the unbelievers and naysayers that it is miraculous that Travis is alive and in the condition that he is in. When all this started Travis was given 6-12 months to live.
We are going on month 12.
Seven of those months have seen no effective treatment against this cancer. And yet, he is still symptom free, with blood work better than the majority of us who are “healthy”, and liver levels that are completely normal. Despite 15 tumors.
So, yes, I consider that miraculous.
But God doesn’t need wiggle room and the elders seem to understand that (I guess that is why they are the elders…) So they did not offer clarification in their prayers. There was no “but if You choose not to”. They simply, boldly prayed for miraculous healing.
And so now…all we have to do…is…