India, MRI's, and The Power of Peace

Peace is a killer. It kills all kinds of things. Like sickness and fear. Peace changes everything. Because PEACE IS A PERSON. Christ is Peace.

This is a blog that I took from a Facebook post from my daughter. Jorie has been going through some physical sickness for about two months. After returning from a 7 week trip this summer to India working with Project Rescue, a human trafficking organization, we thought that Jorie may have brought back an infectious foreign disease. But, after weeks of testing and MRI's, CT scans, blood work, and specialists, we have found a benign carotid tumor at the base of her jaw and neck line under the left ear. With most of the worrisome issues out of the way, we face a decision of when to have surgery to remove the tumor. And this waiting can bring some distress and fear. The obvious is that there is no fear of a life-threatening disease. And many others have had this surgery without effect.

So this is where our faith meets the road of life. Do we really believe what we say? We are all human and because of that we face disease, sickness, accidents, and sometimes Satanic opposition. We know what we are facing with our daughter. It is a tumor. Something that has no power over us within itself. Except what we give it in our mind. And so we must have the discipline of our minds to fight this.

And that is where peace comes in. 

"The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet."
-Paul, in Romans 16:20
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
-Paul, Philippians 4.7

Hearing this from Paul means everything. A man who experienced such legendary personal pain and loss. If Paul can make it though what he experienced in life then we certainly can. In Jorie's words, "It (the scripture) says SOON. That means we have to fight. We have to overcome things. But God will always bring peace and he always wins. Keep going even when it's hard because the ending is victorious!"

Some great wisdom. Listen, I wouldn't want to sit with Paul at a table in heaven and start complaining about the kind of things that we have gone through. It would make no sense to take a walk with Job in heaven and begin to enumerate our struggles. I'm not trying to say that this is easy. We just need His Peace. To walk into our lives daily and fight until the God of peace crushes Satan underneath our feet. Our feet. Not His. This text does not say His feet. In another text it says that. But here it is our fight that defeats Satan.

What a great reminder to all of us about fighting and perseverance in the midst of our issues. Because in the end, we are victorious.