Gracious and Kind
This is one of many instances when God has been exceptionally kind to me.
This is a homework lesson. The Bible study group I attend is studying through a book by Elizabeth George entitled: A Woman who reflects the Heart of Jesus. The book takes thirty character traits that Jesus displayed during His earthly ministry and challenges the student to reflect those traits in our daily lives. The lesson on kindness gives us more than ordinary “homework” because it tells us to write out a testimony on a time or times when Jesus has been kind or shown kindness to us personally. Here goes!
When I was 25 years old and teaching in a Christian school in South Carolina, I had a dreadful summer with pain. The pain acted as if it were appendicitis and then would stop. After three of these, I finally decided a doctor visit was in order. The doctor hospitalized me, ran some tests, and diagnosed it as chronic appendicitis. Single and far from my parents, I underwent surgery. After all, this is a simple procedure, right?
No. It was not. In ten days the doctor called me in for an office visit. He had routinely examined the ovaries while he had my abdomen open, and taken off a little bitty tumor. It came back malignant. This time, I went home and my family doctor arranged for me to see an oncologist. I was prepared for a total hysterectomy. The year was 1968. The research doctor on the surgical team decided to take just the right ovary. I returned for three month visits and all seemed well. In God’s kindness, He allowed me to marry the following June and I had a baby boy on June 15, 1971. In 1972 I had a baby girl. In 1974 another little girl arrived in our home.
In His gracious kindness God allowed me to rear three children. They are all saved, they all graduated from Christian colleges, and all are married to Christian college graduates. I now have ten beautiful and handsome grandchildren. In 1979, God in His loving, gracious kindness, allowed my gynecologist to discover cancer on my remaining ovary and spared my life to finish rearing my family. Since then, I have been cancer-free. God has been very kind to me. Samuel told the nation of Israel in his parting words to them as their judge: “Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider what great things He hath done for you.”
I can honestly say that I would not trade the life-lessons God taught me in those 11 years. His kindness to me is—priceless. Since He spared my life, what more can I do but give my life for His glory? After reading this, I know you must know why I named this weblog, theshepherdspresence.