This blog site has never belonged to me. It wasn’t my idea, but came into existence early last summer through my daughter Linnea’s urging. I believe her idea was prompted by God, since he was looking into our future and saw Nate’s cancer. He knew we’d need a way to communicate with people who wanted daily updates on his health. Beyond that, the Lord saw the help it could be to readers (including me) who were struggling to get through other things.
www.GettingThroughThis.com has been a joint effort all along, first with Linnea, then her husband who set it up, followed by the Lord’s prompting of what to write each night. Others have contributed words and ideas, and you, the readers, have poured forth encouragement with your comments.
Today I gave some thought to the strong connection I feel with each reader. You and I, we are a blog-family, tied together in cyberspace by tentative words on a pretend page, all of which could disappear with one “delete” click. Without knowing many of you personally, I still feel an attachment. I believe this is partly because I’ve been praying for you from the beginning.
God has encouraged me to bring “the readers” to him every single day, praying different requests at different times. Although I can’t list all of your names, he knows every one of you intimately and makes my generalized prayers specific, according to what he knows each of you needs. And when one of you writes, “This post did something for me today,” I thank God for answered prayer.
When I read the comments left at the end of each post, it thrills me to see some of you interacting with each other, developing new cyberspace relationships separate from the one with me. I feel like a mother hen watching over her chicks, glad to see them getting along so well. We are an extended blog-family, not by blood but by adoption, not because we have to but because we want to.
The Lord sees far down our life pathways, knowing which of us is about to enter a season of sickness, death, unemployment, financial shortfalls or other stresses. Even while we’re reading the blog, he could be using it to prepare us for what’s just around the next corner. He knows exactly what’s about to crash into our lives.
Writing these words each night is a joy for me. As I listen throughout the day to hear what God will prompt me to write, I sometimes feel nervous, wondering as the hours pass what the subject will be. As evening approaches, if nothing has yet come to mind, I come to the edge of panic and must firmly remind myself its God’s blog, not mine. He’ll bring the words when the moment comes, just like he sent daily manna to the children of Israel in the wilderness. There was nothing for their tomorrows but plenty for their todays.
Nate’s hospital, Rush University Medical Center, has asked if they can re-post the “GettingThroughThis” blogs from the 42 days of Nate’s cancer. Posting three entries a week on the hospital’s web site, they have just put up Day #14. In this setting God is applying my prayers and the blog words to those who are in the middle of medical issues: pain, disappointment, disease, surgery, even death. The Lord knows what he’s doing.
Thank you, readers, for sharing this experience with me. None of us knows where it’s leading, but we can all be confident God is taking us there together, the whole bunch of us. We are family.
“But to do good and to communicate, forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)