A Bump In the Road

 

Written by: Stan & Katy

Have you ever felt like when it rains, it pours? That trials seem to sometimes come all at once? Though we know that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, at times it can feel like there is a target on your back. We know from Scripture that Job and Jeremiah felt this way. Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him (Job 13:15). He has made me desolate, he has bent his bow and set me as a target for his arrow (Lam 3:11-12). This year we have felt like we have been caught in a downpour. Stan’s heart attack, losing Stan’s Mom, Katy’s stroke and surgeries and now…prostate cancer.

Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, September 6), Stan begins five days of radiation treatment (cyber knife) for prostate cancer.  Because of a rising PSA and his family history, the diagnosis wasn’t really a surprise and the prognosis is good, but still… did we really need this? Did we really need to add cancer to the list?

To be honest, we are facing this new development with minimal anxiety or dread. After all we’ve been through, this feels more like an annoying bump in the road. Though some have commented on what they perceive to be our “godly” response, for us, it feels more like numbness, or perhaps even cynical stoicism.

When messengers came to Job one after another telling him of the loss of his servants, the capture of his livestock, and the death of his children, Job’s response to the unrelenting kaboom, kaboom, kaboom of calamity was truly heroic.

Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshipped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” (Job. 1:20-22).

To state the obvious: we are not Job and our sufferings are minor compared to his. He was a giant of the faith. We are not. And though we may be a bit numb, we do pray that our response will continue to be like Job’s. We pray that the Lord will give us strength to continue holding on in this downpour. In a hurricane, the point is to find something solid and just hold on for dear life! Persevering stick-to-it-iveness is the point. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

Joy will come in the morning.

We can declare that even in the storm, All is Well.

Thank you for being our family of faith. In light of all we’ve been through together we wanted you to know what Stan faces this week and humbly ask for your prayers yet again!

We can’t even begin to enumerate the countless ways your love and prayers have made the difference during this journey we are on. A French worship song states it succinctly: La vie est dure mais Dieu est bon (Life is hard but God is good). That about sums it up!

 

*This song and message have really ministered to our family at this time of suffering. Hope it also is a blessing to you!

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51 thoughts on “A Bump In the Road

  1. Dear ones, Sorry to hear of this added trial. Praying for you both and your family.

    In Christ, Lori Crawford

    On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 8:44 PM, Journey with Katy wrote:

    > lizlind posted: ” Written by: Stan & Katy Have you ever felt like when it > rains, it pours? That trials seem to sometimes come all at once? Though we > know that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, at times it can feel > like there is a target on your back. ” >

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  2. Joining with you in praying for your perseverance and knowing that our God is with you and is Jehovah Jireh and Jehovah Nissi. Bumps often get us closer to God when we can rest in the upheaval and you know that better than most. Shalom!!

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  3. I will add the “new bump in the road” to my prayers for your family. Praying for strength, perseverance and peace and rest for you all in the arms of our Savior. He is our Rock and our Fortress, we run to Him.

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  4. ok- revving up those prayer engines again. My brother just had radiation for prostate cancer and it went on for 40 days. Glad yours is shorter. We will be praying.
    Our sons motherinlaw- our age- had a large stroke in March. She is plateauing of now in recovery and very discouraged. We would like to share the post Katy had earlier this week with her if that is ok with you. It may encourage her. WE are also trying to witness to her.

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    1. You are of course welcome to use anything that is posted! The post stroke journey is difficult and can be very discouraging! Praying that she will sense the love, comfort and peace that only Jesus can give!

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  5. Prayers for both of you! “Prostate cancer” came to me during the night last night. It must have been about you. Sigh. I can imagine you WOULD be numb by now.

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  6. Still praying for you daily. So sorry about this added bump- will add this to my prayers for you both. Thank you so much for your honesty. God in the numbness… praying that one day soon the warmth will flood again. Much love to you both.

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  7. Stan and Katy, may God’s presence and peace touch you deeply as you manage this new trial. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. ‘Be strong and courageous’ . . . He is holding your hand and will never let you go.
    With love, Bernadette

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  8. Dear Katy, Stan, and family, You, Liz, were writing at 1:44 this morning.thank you for letting us know about Stan’s medical challenges. This year will go down in your family history as a bitter sweet time, as you search out the blessing of God in the human pain. I’m praying for you too!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  9. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. PS 112:4
    Praying His presence, peace and healing in this new bump along the road of your journey. 💙

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  10. Cancer is no “bump in the road” to most of us, it is a Great Northeast pot-hole. If numbness is the most you’re feeling, you are indeed on the road to sainthood….BOTH OF YOU! We ALL love you and can’t imagine anymore “rain falling on you just ones”, but “HE, who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion” and Him we can trust. ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4) This is hard rock truth you can stand on. We are standing on this promise for you in prayer, especially this week.

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  11. We continue to pray for both of you as you walk this difficult road. Thank you for your testimony of God’s faithfulness and for your courage as you face this next bump. May God richly bless and provide for your every need.

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  12. Stan & Katy,

    We love you and are praying for you as you face yet another “bump in the road”. Though you explain your response as stoicism or numbness, Jesus still shines through both of you as the reason you’re persevering. We pray that He will seem very near and comforting during this trial.

    I listened to/watched the YouTube video “Though He Slay Me”. What a great song/message!

    Grace & peace!

    Jon D. Steury Africa Regional Director

    P.O. Box 198, Karen 00502 Nairobi, Kenya, E. Africa jon.steury@gmail.com http://www.wgm.org/steury Cell: +254-(0)711-110109

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  13. We will absolutely be praying for you both! This is a response to Katy’s post as well, since the two posts came close together in my email. On Saturday, I stepped out of my husband’s truck and fell down an embankment, landing flat on my face. I mean, I didn’t even have time to put out a hand to break the fall! If not for the grace of God, I would have flipped over completely, possibly breaking my neck. So now I walk around with a huge black eye, swollen lip, scratches on my skin, a headache and mild concussion. I told Joe, “It’s funny how your life can change in one instant”. And it is true, isn’t it? Just when things feel cozy and all set, everything can change…just like that! We are completely dependent creatures…dependent upon a loving Creator for the very breath we take in. Life is like my fall…it feels out of control, from the awareness of the state of our nation to the growing awareness that things are not right in the world. But God. He is still and always and the only Sovereign. It is comforting to know that He holds it all in His hand, and is working out His plans…for our good. Stan and Katy, in a very small way I understand what you are feeling. The song you shared was timely, and the words of John Piper in that song are timeless. Stoic or no, you are both an example of faithfulness, and of the grace of God at work. Thank you for sharing your lives with all of us. Because of you, we are still learning, benefiting from your lives and example. Much love from Joe and I.

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  14. Precious Ones we are praying for you. Thanks for allowing us to be your Aaron and Hur during these days. We are coming in agreement with the prayers Jesus is praying for you at His Fathers Throne (Romans 8:34)
    Blessings
    Jay and Linda Six

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  15. Being all man and all God, I am amazed that Jesus didn’t tell his Father that he was going to “quit” the job he came to earth to do. In the same manner, you all must try to keep the faith for all of us following your journey. It certainly doesn’t seem fair, however, our earthly experience will be dwarfed by our future heavenly life! I understand how easy it is for me to say that and how hard it is for you to live it.

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  16. I lift your names up in prayer daily and will continue to do so. Be strong in Him.

    Joe Urbanczyk

    On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 9:44 PM, Journey with Katy wrote:

    > lizlind posted: ” Written by: Stan & Katy Have you ever felt like when it > rains, it pours? That trials seem to sometimes come all at once? Though we > know that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, at times it can feel > like there is a target on your back. ” >

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  17. We continue to pray for y’all. O Jesus, stand with Stan and Katy in these days. Grant them sweet and satisfying communion with You and Your abundant grace, provision, and healing.

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    1. Stan & Katy – Thank you for being faithful in all things.
      “The Lord trieth the righteous.”
      Psalm 11:5

      All events are under the control of Providence; consequently all the trials of our outward life are traceable at once to the great First Cause. Out of the golden gate of God’s ordinance the armies of trial march forth in array, clad in their iron armour, and armed with weapons of war. All providences are doors to trial. Even our mercies, like roses, have their thorns. Men may be drowned in seas of prosperity as well as in rivers of affliction. Our mountains are not too high, and our valleys are not too low for temptations: trials lurk on all roads. Everywhere, above and beneath, we are beset and surrounded with dangers. Yet no shower falls unpermitted from the threatening cloud; every drop has its order ere it hastens to the earth. The trials which come from God are sent to prove and strengthen our graces, and so at once to illustrate the power of divine grace, to test the genuineness of our virtues, and to add to their energy. Our Lord in his infinite wisdom and superabundant love, sets so high a value upon his people’s faith that he will not screen them from those trials by which faith is strengthened. You would never have possessed the precious faith which now supports you if the trial of your faith had not been like unto fire. You are a tree that never would have rooted so well if the wind had not rocked you to and fro, and made you take firm hold upon the precious truths of the covenant grace. Worldly ease is a great foe to faith; it loosens the joints of holy valour, and snaps the sinews of sacred courage. The balloon never rises until the cords are cut; affliction doth this sharp service for believing souls. While the wheat sleeps comfortably in the husk it is useless to man, it must be threshed out of its resting place before its value can be known. Thus it is well that Jehovah trieth the righteous, for it causeth them to grow rich towards God.
      Spurgeon

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  18. ​Have no words, but HE does. Thanks for sharing the latest. Heart breaking but HE!!!! Keeping you lifted to His throne – almost every moment of the day especially today!!!! Love you dearly, Camille. (Please don’t answer. Just wanted to touch base with you. It helps me) Camille

    On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 9:44 PM, Journey with Katy wrote:

    > lizlind posted: ” Written by: Stan & Katy Have you ever felt like when it > rains, it pours? That trials seem to sometimes come all at once? Though we > know that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, at times it can feel > like there is a target on your back. ” >

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    1. It’s truly wonderful to have such great company and communion in the foxhole together!your own suffering inspires us to keep on keeping on when we want to be faint of heart. Life itself takes so much courage,even more so when there are so many unknowns and losses. Thinking of you and lifting you to our Father again n again. Love to you and George!katy

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  19. This is a passing season and will end at some point. Life in the meantime can be very difficult, as you know! Been there. Done that. Believe me, we understand. Completely. I consider it a privilege to continue standing by you in prayer. I’m in it for the long haul, and I’m confident that “joy comes in the morning.” His mercies never end!

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  20. Oh dear friends, I am so very sorry. it seems almost more than one can bear but we have been promised otherwise. I have no words of wisdom or solace that you don’t already know and believe so be assured of my love and prayers. Melanie Wood Cavanaugh

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  21. Stan and Katy, you continue to be in my daily prayers. I am on the wall (see Isaiah 62:6-7) crying out to the Father to “turn your mourning into dancing.” (Psalm 30:10-12) Kind Father, please hear our prayers as we stand in the gap for Stan and Katy. Much love. Much respect.

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    1. Joe,I love this thought of you on the wall in prayer for us .thank you,Joe, for caring enough to pray.thank you! It’s comforting to know. Love, katy

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  22. As you experience these trials in your journey you always have a song in your heart. It humbles me. Also, it reveals how my heart needs to be yielded and broken before the Lord. Thank you for sharing in your journey. My prayers are with you today and always.
    Anne Marie

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  23. Dieu sait si bien ce qui te semble lourd,
    Qui te fait mal, te trouble chaque jour.
    Il connait tes besoins, ta peur du lendemain,
    Avec mon Dieu, tu sais tout ira bien.
    Il vit à jamais, c’est un Dieu tout puissant,
    Il te répondra, viens à Lui simplement.
    Quand tout semble noir, triste et désespéré,
    Sais-tu que la-haut, tu n’es pas oublié?

    We love you so much and are praying for renewed strength to face each day.
    Gros bisous xo

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  24. I hope Stan will have a speedy recovery and will continue to pray for your family in these stormy time. May God has mercy and peace to your family…..

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  25. Dear Pastor Stan and Katy, I pray that the added pain with fighting the cancer can be minimal with good results. Your words “hold on for dear life” and persevering a stick-to-it-iveness makes me wonder how our Heavenly Father looks at America in comparison to Israel in the O. T. But what God is allowing in your family, health-wise, brings to mind Jesus’ suffering. I pray that you both see and feel comfort and freedom from pain with healing. Thank you for keeping in touch with us, letting us be involved with prayer. Love, Carole

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