The Unexpected Bump in the Road

They say that coming under attack of the enemy is a sure sign that you must be doing something right for the sake of the Kingdom.  I think I must be on the right path.

The last two weeks it’s been one thing after another.  First, as you all know…I’m having to give my sweet Jack up for adoption.  Now, if there is any way to get me to deviate off this path to Uganda it’s my beloved dogs.  But no…I will not be tempted in this area and I trusted that the Lord would take care of Jack and a miracle has happened…I think I’ve found a wonderful home for him with a great Christian couple who would see caring for him as Kingdom work!

Second, the renter in my condo called this week to say that he wanted out of his lease after only six weeks because of an allergy to the carpet. Good grief! Without leasing the condo, I cannot hope to go to Uganda because I would have to raise twice the amount in order to pay my monthly mortgage and HOA fees.  Well, I could go if the Lord dropped a lot of money in my lap but I think He likes to keep me in a place of trusting and so…not bucket loads but just enough for my daily needs. So the condo needs to be leased, and especially since I’m making considerably less by working a part time job until departing in May. The condo is being shown tonight to another potential renter.  I know it will all work out.

I’ve been making doctor’s appointments to have all my aches and pains checked out before going to Africa.  Yesterday I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  What? I know, right!  Went in for a colonoscopy and was not prepared for the results.  It was surreal to hear the doctor tell me that I had a tumor in my colon.  He took a biopsy and the initial results from pathology was that it did have cancer cells but they did not appear to be the invasive kind. He said he felt like we found it early and that it looks highly favorable. It must be removed as soon as possible so I will go for surgery in the next 10 days or so.  The surgery will be laparoscopic, which will mean a fast recovery time.  I asked the doctor if I would still be able to depart for Uganda on May 14th.  He said it all depended on if I had to have a couple rounds of chemo, which we probably won’t know until after the surgery. I have appointments next week with a surgeon and an oncologist.  Lord, have mercy!

I am determined to not let this setback keep me from God’s call on my life.  I wasn’t sure whether I should blog about this but it’s part of the journey and the story that I hope to tell over the next three+ years.  There will always be obstacles in the way of the path marked out for us. I’ve hit many in my life. I can lay down in front of the obstacle and feel sorry for myself or I can, by God’s strength and through His grace and mercy, remove the obstacle and continue on the path.  This obstacle will be removed and I will go to Uganda!

Please keep me in your prayers…add me to any prayer list you would like.  Pray for complete healing of the cancer and for protection from the evil one. Pray for my heart as I hopefully introduce Jack to his new home. Pray for a good tenant who will sign a 12 month lease on the condo.  Pray for more partners to support me in this call.

I must be doing something right!  Right?!

No weapon formed against me shall prosper! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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14 Responses to The Unexpected Bump in the Road

  1. Tina Vlerebome says:

    Will keep lifting you up in prayer, Sis!! God is doing amazing work through you and I know everything will fall in to place in His time.

  2. Kathy hammond says:

    What an amazing attitude you have! We are praying for you!

  3. Jack Rankin says:

    E – So sorry to hear the news, but if anyone can roll over all this poo, it’s you. I will pray for your health and your finances and the anxiety of moving on without Jack. I’m glad they caught your cancer when they did.

    Jack Rankin 4575 Saint Christopher Lane Seabrook Island, SC 29455 843.697.8060


  4. Sandra says:

    I am praying for you and also praying that all the obstacles that you are facing will only make you grow in your journey to do God’s will. Keep moving forward. You have great things ahead of you!!!

  5. Sandra says:

    Keep the faith! God is doing great things thru you in order to reach others. Don’t let the little “bumps” get you off track!

  6. Beth says:

    I am a friend of Ken’s and you will be in my prayers!

  7. Betty Smith says:

    Godspeed! I know our prayers for you will be answered.

  8. Kathy Keene says:

    You have my prayers. May God keep you safe.

  9. maidmae8 says:

    Elizabeth ! We KNOW this is God’s promise fulfilled to you! I stand with you unconditionally!
    The message version in 2 cor. speaks comfort to me on this …I send it to you with love:
    If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best! (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 MSG)
    In His precious Love and unfailing Grace, Marion

  10. Barbara Simmons says:

    Greetings in the Lord Jesus, Elizabeth! Yes, you are doing plenty right!
    Lord Jesus, You know ALL of the things on Elizabeth’s heart, and we stand with her saying, YES, LORD, YES!!
    Lord, we do ask for the tenant for her condo as well as a loving home for her Jack. We pray Your healing touch on Elizabeth. Thank You for doctors and treatment and we ask You to bless every aspect of Elizabeth’s care… We love You Lord Jesus, and pray all of this in Your Holy Name Jesus, amen.
    Love you girl, barbara

  11. Mary Joan Oexmann says:

    My goodness! The journey may be filled with challenges beyond our understanding…but, certainly God is pulling you close to Him. We are weak but He is strong. He will honor our prayers for you every step of the way! Blessings…MJ

  12. Dewise Bailey says:

    Praying for you, Elizabeth!

  13. Bert Jacklitch says:

    We will add your name to the prayer list that we use for our staff meetings here in the Alumni and Church Relations office. May God gift you with a deep sense of peace that can come only from the One who is the I AM.

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