I recently had 3 days in hospital in Christchurch. I had a Colonoscopy on 30th September and following the procedure the doctor asked for me to be admitted for immediate tests as he had discovered a cancerous growth in my bowel. Â The scans I had in the past 3 days are only to reveal the size of the growth and whether it has invaded any other areas.Â Â I will not know until next Wednesday or Thursday when I have met the specialists again just what the extent of the problem is and how they propose to deal with it.
However they choose to deal with it, I am going to be â€˜out of actionâ€™ for a bit and will be spending some time shut in with God and rethinking priorities. I have to cancel all travelling engagements for the next six months including the meetings I was supposed to speak at in Singapore in November.
I can honestly say I am not worried and have not been shaken by this turn of events. At times I think I should be more concerned about it. There are some who say itâ€™s the devil but I donâ€™t believe old slewfoot has that authority. My life is hid with Christ in God and I will keep my eyes on Him to discover how He wants to glorify His name through all of this. I belong to Him and my times are in His hands. I find I do not have to talk myself up to be cheerful. The amazing calm and confidence I feel can only be a gift from Jesus Christ Himself. Once the medics cut me open and the chemo takes effect I may be a little more chastened but from my initial involuntary reaction it would appear that His grace is indeed sufficient.
I am encouraged by the testimonies of many I know who have had this sort of problem and are living healthy productive lives many years later. I am blessed by the facilities available to us in the West for treating these things.
It would appear I have had the growth for some time but it only emerged as an annoying problem on my recent trip to Australia. When I got home Bronwen agreed that what I was experiencing was not normal whereupon I saw the local doctor (who is a Christian and the daughter of a former Secretary of Hobart Baptist Church and Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ron Soundy). The doc got me an urgent referral to the Christchurch Public Hospital and Tuesday saw me dealt with.
As I know a bit more about the extent of the problem and how it will be dealt with, I will post more information.
Thankyou for your love, prayers and fellowship. I know that whether I am healed or not does not depend on the volume of prayer that will be made on my behalf, but rests entirely in the eternal loving plans God has to bring glory to His name through this weak vessel. It is to Him alone that all glory and blessing is due.
Also pray that I wont lose my sense of humour!!!!