When We Walk Through the Fire...

It is with great pleasure to introduce you to our newest writer, Sallie Wilson

Sallie and her husband Pastor Bert Wilson, pastor Faith Baptist Church of Vero Beach.

I am delighted to have Sallie joining our group of ladies that write so faithfully for the Women Encouraging Women Weekly Blog. Please make Sallie welcome and be sure to share her blog articles on FB with all your friends and family.

When We Walk Through the Fire…

By Sallie Wilson

God is forever merciful. Deuteronomy 4:31 says, “(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.”

Everything seemed to be going well. My husband had exclaimed how that in the past months he has felt the best ever in years! And we become lulled into that complacency that gives us the false impression that we have control. During a routine blood test, the day before Easter, out of nowhere, the white blood counts told us differently. How quickly we realize our frailty and Who is truly in control. 

Saturday started out normal, and a little blood test started our world spinning. We were to leave Easter Sunday to go to our grandson’s graduation but as we quickly learned the doctor would not allow us to travel until we saw an oncologist on Monday.  Monday morning, more bloodwork and an 8:30 a.m. appointment, followed by a bone marrow test shortly after noon. LEUKEMIA.  The doctor was so compassionate and encouraging and we were able to go onto graduation and begin treatment the following week.   The amazing thing in all of this, is to think how quickly God provided appointments and answers and orchestrated it all. 

None of us want to hear of serious illness and we dread the word CANCER, but we must realize that no matter what comes our way, our God is with us. In the last months during this journey through my husband’s Leukemia, we have cried out to the Lord seeking His answers. It would be so easy to be angry and think God has forgotten us, but God is forever faithful.  As the days continue to roll by and the pain continues not to subside, I try not to allow my thoughts to be pulled into worldly answers.  

Early in life my husband would tell me, “Hold onto the eternal…..” 
Though Satan still tries to buffet my mind with useless attacks, I hold on and remember that God has a plan for my life and that we are called to glorify God in the life He has given us. God has a purpose and a plan in all of this and though I may not see it at this moment in time, it does not change the fact! 

No matter what you face today, choose to continue firm in your faith and wait on the Lord. Though I so desire answers and escape, I will keep my eyes on the prize and continue to follow Him all the days of my life. May God receive all the glory and honor and praise through all that my life holds. 

Romans 5: 3-4 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”