Four more treatments---if I don’t count this week, then there’s really only three more weeks, thank you, God. I started out with 20 weeks of treatments, and I only have four more left! But, why is it that the last few miles of a trip or the last part of anything seem to drag! Starting out on a journey, we are fresh and excited, full of strength and energy—time speeds by. Let me be honest with you, it’s not that it’s difficult to keep my eye on the goal; it’s just taking so long! So, I reach out to my God to give me the endurance and patience to reach out to the end. Don’t get me wrong, I still have quite a lot ahead of me, surgery and possibly radiation treatment, but oh, brother, I will be so happy to be through with these healing drips!
So where do I turn when I get discouraged? I can always count on Paul to set me straight.
“I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.
So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.
Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I've warned you of them many times; sadly, I'm having to do it again. All they want is easy street.” Philippians 3:12-19 (Message)
So I reach out to Jesus because God is beckoning me onward to Him! I keep my eye on Jesus because He is worthy to be my goal. Healing, life, and health are all worthy goals, but all fall short of the Ultimate Goal. God will sustain me through this illness, and He will clear my blurred vision. I’ve just got to keep my eye on Him. To God Be the Glory.